Early childhood aetiology of mental health problems: a longitudinal population-based study
Jordana K Bayer, Harriet Hiscock, Obioha C Ukoumunne, Anna Price, Melissa Wake
JOURNAL OF CHILD PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY | WILEY | Published : 2008
BACKGROUND: Mental health problems comprise an international public health issue affecting up to 20% of children and show considerable stability. We aimed to identify child, parenting, and family predictors from infancy in the development of externalising and internalising behaviour problems by age 3 years. METHODS: Design Longitudinal, population-based survey completed by primary caregivers when children were 7, 12, 18, 24 and 36 months old. Participants 733 children sequentially recruited at 6-7 months from routine well-child appointments (August-September 2004) across six socio-economically and culturally diverse government areas in Victoria, Australia; 589 (80%) retained at 3 years. Meas..View full abstract
We would like to thank MCH nurses and families of the Victorian Cities of Glen Eira, Greater Geelong, Kingston, Maribyrnong, Nillumbik, and Stonnington who took part in this research. We acknowledge Elise Morton-Allen's input as research assistant during data collection at 7-18 months. This research was supported by the Telstra Community Development Fund and an Australian Rotary Health Research Fund fellowship.