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Does maternal depression predict developmental outcome in 18month old infants?
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PMID:  22361258     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIM: Our aim was to examine the associations between maternal depression in the first 6months postpartum, home environment and cognitive, language and motor development in infants at 18months of age. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: This article reports results from the control group (n=312 full term; n=48 preterm) of the prospective Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) to Optimise Maternal Infant Outcome (DOMInO) Randomised Controlled Trial. Mothers in South Australia completed the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) at 6weeks and 6months postpartum. Infant development was assessed when children were 18months old with the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development Version III and mothers completed the Home Screening Questionnaire at this assessment. RESULTS: There were no significant associations between maternal depression in the first 6months postpartum and cognitive, language or motor development after controlling for infant prematurity, breastfeeding status and socio-economic level. Home environment remained a significant predictor of development after controlling for potential confounding variables. Using mediation models, we did not find an association between maternal depression and developmental outcome through home environment. CONCLUSIONS: Maternal depression in the first 6months postpartum was not associated with infant development at 18months of age. Further studies should focus on women with chronic depression.
Alicia M Piteo; Lisa N Yelland; Maria Makrides
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Early human development     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-6232     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
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Created Date:  2012-2-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708381     Medline TA:  Early Hum Dev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Child Nutrition Research Centre, Women's and Children's Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, and Women's and Children's Health Research Institute, Adelaide, Australia.
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