Maternal antenatal depression is highly correlated with a history of the mother having been mistreated in childhood, and these two facts significantly increase the risk of the offspring experiencing adversity. The London- and Cardiff-based researchers suggest that the antenatal period is an optimum time to identify vulnerable women and provide interventions. The study appears online today in Psychological Medicine.
Plant, D., Barker, E., Waters, C., Pawlby, S., Parante, C; “Intergenerational transmission of maltreatment and psychopathology: the role of antenatal depression.” Psychological Medicine, online June 13, 2012
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