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Association of mental health problems in childhood with prenatal and postnatal physical growth.
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PMID:  15935429     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIMS: The present study was conducted to examine (i) prenatal and postnatal patterns of growth in relation to the risk of later mental health problems in children and (ii) the possible mediating effect of these patterns of growth in the association between parental socioeconomic status (SES) and children's mental health. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The present study is part of a blinded, matched case control study, involving a retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data from routine examinations at community health services for children and adolescents. The sample comprised 80 patients, referred between the age of 6-13 years to the Community Mental Health Centre in Maastricht, and 320 matched population controls. RESULTS: Children coming from unemployed families weighed less at birth, but postnatal growth was not associated with this or other indicators of SES. Although children using mental health care were somewhat smaller at birth, there was no evidence that leanness during childhood was a risk factor for the development of mental health problems. CONCLUSIONS: The present results showed some evidence for the impact of intrauterine development on children's mental health problems. In addition, neither prenatal nor postnatal physical growth were on the pathway between parental SES and children's mental health problems.
Nicole Gunther; Marjan Drukker; Frans Feron; Jim Van Os
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European psychiatry : the journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0924-9338     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2005 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-06-06     Completed Date:  2005-10-11     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9111820     Medline TA:  Eur Psychiatry     Country:  France    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  277-86     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, South Limburg Mental Health Research and Teaching Network, EURON, Maastricht University, PO Box 616 (DRT10), 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Child Health Services / utilization
Child, Preschool
Fetal Growth Retardation / epidemiology*
Growth Disorders / epidemiology*
Infant, Low Birth Weight
Infant, Newborn
Mental Disorders / epidemiology*,  therapy
Mental Health Services / utilization
Netherlands / epidemiology
Prospective Studies
Retrospective Studies
Socioeconomic Factors

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