Antenatal Depression Associated w/Mom’s Childhood Maltreatment


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.

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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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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].