Parental well-being, couple relationship quality, and children's behavioral problems in the first 2 years of life.
Development and psychopathology
Cambridge University Press
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Hughes, C., Devine, R., Mesman, J., Blair, C., & NewFAMS Team,. (2020). Parental well-being, couple relationship quality, and children's behavioral problems in the first 2 years of life.. Development and psychopathology, 32 (3), 935-944. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0954579419000804
Exposure to maternal perinatal mood disturbance adversely affects children’s socio-emotional, behavioral and cognitive development (Stein et al., 2014). As well as influencing diverse child outcomes, the effects of exposure to maternal perinatal mood disturbance are remarkably persistent. For example, early exposure to maternal symptoms of depression or anxiety predicts reduced academic achievement and poorer behavioral adjustment in adolescence (e.g., Pearson et al., 2013). Exposure to fathers’ perinatal mood disturbance also has long-term consequences on child adjustment (for a systematic review: Sweeney & MacBeth, 2016). Given the complexity of within-family processes that mediate and moderate parental influences on child outcomes (e.g., Cummings, Keller & Davies, 2005) and the steady rise in fathers’ involvement in childcare (Bianchi, Robinson, & Melissa, 2006), a dual focus on the impact of mothers’ and fathers’ wellbeing on child adjustment is important from scientific and societal perspectives. Early clinical studies showed that paternal psychiatric problems amplify the impact of maternal depression (e.g., Conrad & Hammen 1993), but the current study is one of the first community studies to consider the impact of maternal and paternal perinatal mood disturbance on child adjustment in tandem.
NewFAMS Team, Humans, Parents, Fathers, Mothers, Pregnancy, Child, Female, Male, Problem Behavior
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/s0954579419000804
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