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Can maternal depression increase infant risk of illness and growth impairment in developing countries?

Rahman, A., Harrington, R. and Bunn, J. (2002) 'Can maternal depression increase infant risk of illness and growth impairment in developing countries?'. Child: Care Health and Development, Vol 28, Issue 1, pp. 51-56.

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Abstract

Despite relative improvement in living conditions and availability of modern healthcare, infant mortality rates continue to be very high in many developing countries. High rates of depression have also been reported in women in these countries. The continuous care and attention of children is a demanding task, and poor physical or mental health in mothers might be expected to have adverse consequences on their children's health, nutrition and psychological well-being. Review of published literature reveals very little research in developing countries on the association between poor mental health in mothers and the subsequent physical well-being of their children. We hypothesize that the level of care provided by mothers with depression may put their infants at higher risk of infection and impaired growth, compared with infants of mothers without depression. We outline approaches to test such a hypothesis in a developing country, and discuss its implications.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 310 Maternal welfare
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WM Psychiatry > WM 100 General works
WS Pediatrics > By Age Groups > WS 430 Infancy
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Child & Reproductive Health Group
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2214.2002.00239.x
Depositing User: Lynn Roberts-Maloney
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2013 08:36
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:05
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/2975

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