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Post-partum depression and infant growth in a South African peri-urban settlement.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16398794     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To examine the association between maternal post-natal depression and infant growth. BACKGROUND: Infant growth has recently been shown, in two studies from South Asia, to be adversely affected by maternal depression in the early post-partum period. It is uncertain whether a similar association obtains in developing countries outside Asia. METHOD: A sample of 147 mother-infant dyads was recruited from a peri-urban settlement outside Cape Town and seen at 2 and 18 months post partum. RESULTS: No clear effect of post-partum depression on infant growth was found. Although maternal depression at 2 months was found to be associated with lower infant weight at 18 months, when birthweight was considered this effect disappeared. CONCLUSIONS: Possible explanations for the non-replication of the South Asian findings are considered.
M Tomlinson; P J Cooper; A Stein; L Swartz; C Molteno
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child: care, health and development     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0305-1862     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Care Health Dev     Publication Date:  2006 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-01-09     Completed Date:  2006-05-22     Revised Date:  2007-08-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7602632     Medline TA:  Child Care Health Dev     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  81-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Child Guidance Clinic, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Body Height
Body Weight
Child Development*
Child of Impaired Parents
Depression, Postpartum*
Developing Countries
Mother-Child Relations
South Africa
Urban Health / statistics & numerical data
Grant Support
//Wellcome Trust

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