Recurrent Maternal Depression May Affect Child's Behavior

But formal child care at age 2 years positively impacts behavior problems at age 5

MONDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to recurrent maternal depressive symptoms in toddlerhood is significantly associated with childhood behavior problems at age 5 years; but formal child care at age 2 can positively impact negative behavior, according to a study published online June 13 in Pediatrics.

Lynne C. Giles, M.P.H., Ph.D., from the University of Adelaide in South Australia, and colleagues evaluated the impact of maternal depressive symptoms during toddlerhood on children's behavior at age 5 years, and whether formal or informal child care modified the association. Data were collected from 438 mothers and their children. Questionnaires were completed by the mothers during their children's infancy, in toddlerhood, and at age 5.

The investigators found that children whose mothers had recurrent depressive symptoms during the children's toddlerhood (age 2.5 or 3) had an increased risk for internalizing, externalizing, and total behavior problems at age 5. The presence of intermittent maternal depressive symptoms did not significantly affect children's behavior problems. The effect of recurrent maternal depression at age 5 was modified when the child was in formal child care at age 2 years, but informal child care did not significantly impact child behavior problems.

"As little as half a day in formal child care at the age of 2 years significantly modified the effect of recurrent maternal depressive symptoms on total behavior problems," the authors write.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Copyright © 2011 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Powered by

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality

For life-long learning and continuing professional development, come to Lippincott's NursingCenter.

Nursing Jobs Plus
Featured Jobs
Recommended CE Articles Recommended Nursing Articles

Abdominal Pain: An Approach to a Challenging Diagnosis
AACN Advanced Critical Care, July/September 2014
Free access will expire on October 13, 2014.


HIPAA Compliance Practice Tips
Professional Case Management, July/August 2014
Free access will expire on September 29, 2014.


Follow the leader: How does “followership” influence nurse burnout?
Nursing Management, August 2014
Free access will expire on September 29, 2014.


More Recommended Articles

Subscribe to Recommended Articles

Evidence Based Practice Skin Care Network NursingCenter Quick Links What’s Trending Events