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Reported child awareness of parental depression

  • Olga Eyre (a1), Rhys Bevan Jones (a1), Becky Mars (a2), Gemma Hammerton (a1), Ruth Sellers (a1), Robert Potter (a1) (a3), Ajay Thapar (a1) (a4), Frances Rice (a5), Stephan Collishaw (a1) and Anita Thapar (a1)...
Abstract
Aims and method

To determine rates of parent-reported child awareness of parental depression, examine characteristics of parents, children and families according to child awareness, and explore whether child awareness is associated with child psychopathology. Data were available from 271 families participating in the Early Prediction of Adolescent Depression (EPAD) study, a longitudinal study of offspring of parents with recurrent depression.

Results

Seventy-three per cent of participating children were perceived as being aware of their parent's depression. Older children, and children of parents who experienced more severe depression, were more likely to be aware. Awareness was not associated with child psychopathology.

Clinical implications

Considering children in the context of parental depression is important. Child awareness may influence their access to early intervention and prevention programmes. Further research is needed to understand the impact of awareness on the child.

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Reported child awareness of parental depression

  • Olga Eyre (a1), Rhys Bevan Jones (a1), Becky Mars (a2), Gemma Hammerton (a1), Ruth Sellers (a1), Robert Potter (a1) (a3), Ajay Thapar (a1) (a4), Frances Rice (a5), Stephan Collishaw (a1) and Anita Thapar (a1)...
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