Maternal depression and co-occurring antisocial behaviour: testing maternal hostility and warmth as mediators of risk for offspring psychopathology

Ruth Sellers, Gordon T Harold, Kit Elam, Kimberly A Rhoades, Robert Potter, Becky Mars, Nick Craddock, Anita Thapar, Stephan Collishaw

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Abstract

Disruption in the parent-child relationship is a commonly hypothesized risk factor through which maternal depression may increase risk for offspring psychopathology. However, maternal depression is commonly accompanied by other psychopathology, including antisocial behaviour. Few studies have examined the role of co-occurring psychopathology in depressed mothers. Using a longitudinal study of offspring of mothers with recurrent depression, we aimed to test whether maternal warmth/hostility mediated links between maternal depression severity and child outcomes, and how far direct and indirect pathways were robust to controls for co-occurring maternal antisocial behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
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Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2013

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© 2013 The Authors. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry © 2013 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

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