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Effects of maternal suicidal ideation on child cognitive development: A longitudinal analysis

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Mebrahtu, H, Sherr, L, Weiss, HA, Rehman, Am and Cowan, Frances ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3087-4422 (2020) 'Effects of maternal suicidal ideation on child cognitive development: A longitudinal analysis'. AIDS and Behavior, Vol 24, pp. 2421-2429.

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Abstract

This study aimed to assess the association between suicidal ideation among mothers living with HIV in Zimbabwe and the cognitive development of their children. Participants were mother–child dyads recruited from two rural districts in Zimbabwe. Data were collected at baseline and 12 months follow-up. Suicidal ideation was assessed using item-10 from the Edinburgh postnatal depression scale. Mixed-effects linear regression was used to assess the association of child cognitive outcomes at follow-up (using the Mullen scales of early learning) with maternal suicidal ideation. Mothers with suicidal ideation at baseline (n = 171) tended to be younger, unmarried, experienced moderate to severe hunger, had elevated parental stress and depression symptoms compared with non-suicidal mothers (n = 391). At follow-up, emerging maternal suicidal ideation was associated with poorer child cognitive outcomes (adjusted mean difference − 6.1; 95% CI − 10.3 to − 1.8; p = 0.03). Suicidal ideation affects child cognitive development and should be addressed, particularly in HIV positive mothers.

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
WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. HIV Infections > WC 503 Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. HIV infections
WM Psychiatry > WM 20 Research (General)
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-020-02802-8
Depositing User: Tina Bowers
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2020 12:22
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2020 10:30
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/13674

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