Maternal anxiety and attention problems in children at 5 and 14 years

Clavarino, Alexandra M., Mamun, Abdullah A., O'Callaghan, Michael, Aird, Rosemary, Bor, William, O'Callaghan, Frances, Williams, Gail M., Marrington, Shelby A., Najman, Jackob M., & Alati, Rosa (2009) Maternal anxiety and attention problems in children at 5 and 14 years. Journal of Attention Disorders, pp. 1-10.

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Objective: This study examines the association between maternal anxiety from pregnancy to 5 years and child attention problems at 5 and 14 years. Method: Birth cohort of 3,982 individuals born in Brisbane between 1981 and 1983 are assessed. Self-reported measures of maternal anxiety are assessed at four time points. Maternal reports of child attention problems using Achenbach’s Child Behavior Checklist are assessed at 5 and 14 years. Results: Children of mothers experiencing anxiety during or after pregnancy are at greater risk of experiencing attention problems at 5 and 14 years. After adjusting for maternal age and child’s gender, antenatal anxiety is strongly associated with persistent attention problems (OR = 3.65, 95% CI = 2.19, 6.07). Children with chronically anxious mothers are 5.67 (95% CI = 3.56, 9.03) times more likely to have persistent attention problems. These associations remain consistent after adjusting for potential confounders. Conclusions: Maternal anxiety appears to increase the rate of child attention problems and identifies a need for treatment programs to have a dual focus—the mother and her child. (J. of Att. Dis. 2009; XX(X) 1-XX)

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ID Code: 29297
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Attention Problems, Inattention, Pregnancy, Maternal Anxiety, Prospective
DOI: 10.1177/1087054709347203
ISSN: 1087-0547
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy) (110319)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 16 Dec 2009 02:23
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:59

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