Reported child awareness of parental depression

Eyre, Olga, Jones, Rhys Bevan, Mars, Becky, Hammerton, Gemma, Sellers, Ruth, Potter, Robert, Thapar, Ajay, Rice, Frances, Collishaw, Stephan and Thapar, Anita (2014) Reported child awareness of parental depression. The Psychiatric Bulletin, 38 (3). pp. 122-127. ISSN 2053-4868

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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.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Sanjeedah Choudhury
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2018 12:26
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 14:04
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/79802

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