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Toddlers with depressed mothers: What are the consequences for adolescent mental health?

The University of Adelaide
Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation
Dr Lynne Giles

Project Summary

This study will examine whether children whose mothers had depressive symptoms when they were toddlers(aged 2-3 years) have an excess of mental health problems at age 13 (transitioning to adolescence). Among children whose mothers had depressive symptoms, we will also investigate whether childcare in toddlerhood modifies any effect on mental health at age 13. Problems in adolescence can have lasting effects on many domains spanning mental health, relationships and life opportunities. The life course of toddlers of depressed mothers may thus be profoundly altered by interventions in early life.

Dr Lynne Giles (email)
NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow (Public Health)
The University of Adelaide
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