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Preconception prediction of expectant fathers' mental health: 20-year cohort study from adolescence

  • Elizabeth Spry (a1), Rebecca Giallo (a2), Margarita Moreno-Betancur (a3), Jacqui Macdonald (a4), Denise Becker (a5), Rohan Borschmann (a6), Stephanie Brown (a7), George C. Patton (a8) and Craig A. Olsson (a9)...
Abstract

We examined prospective associations between men's common mental disorders in the decades prior to offspring conception and subsequent paternal antenatal mental health problems. Data came from a prospective intergenerational cohort study which assessed common mental disorder nine times from age 14 to 29 years, and in the third trimester of subsequent pregnancies to age 35 years (N = 295 pregnancies to 214 men). Men with histories of adolescent and young adult common mental disorders were over four times more likely to experience antenatal mental health problems. Future research identifying modifiable perinatal factors that counteract preconception risk would provide further targets for intervention.

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Correspondence: Elizabeth Spry, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital, Flemington Road, Parkville 3052, Melbourne, Australia. Email: elizabeth.spry@mcri.edu.au
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Preconception prediction of expectant fathers' mental health: 20-year cohort study from adolescence

  • Elizabeth Spry (a1), Rebecca Giallo (a2), Margarita Moreno-Betancur (a3), Jacqui Macdonald (a4), Denise Becker (a5), Rohan Borschmann (a6), Stephanie Brown (a7), George C. Patton (a8) and Craig A. Olsson (a9)...
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