Reported child awareness of parental depression

Olga Eyre, Rhys Bevan Jones, Becky Mars, Gemma Hammerton, Ruth Sellers, Robert Potter, Ajay Thapar, Frances Rice, Stephan Collishaw, Anita Thapar

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-7
Number of pages6
JournalPsychiatric Bulletin (2014)
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

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