The association between maternal postnatal depressive symptoms and offspring sleep problems in adolescence

Anna Taylor, Elena Netsi, Heather O'Mahen, Alan Stein, Jonathan Evans, Rebecca Pearson*

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Abstract

Background: Sleep problems are associated with increased risk of physical and mental illness. Identifying risk factors is an important method of reducing public health impact. We examined the association between maternal postnatal depression (PND) and offspring adolescent sleep problems.

Method: The sample was derived from Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) participants. A sample with complete data across all variables was used, with four outcome variables. A sensitivity analysis imputing for missing data was conducted (n=9633).

Results: PND was associated with increased risk of sleep problems in offspring at ages 16 and 18. The most robust effects were sleep problems at 18 (adjusted OR for a 1SD increase in PND, 1.26 (CI 1.15-1.39, p<0.001) and waking more often (adjusted OR 1.14 (CI 1.05-1.25) p=0.003). This remained after controlling for confounding variables including antenatal depression and early sleep problems in infancy.

Conclusions: PND is associated with adolescent offspring sleep problems. Maternal interventions should consider the child’s increased risk. Early sleep screening and interventions could be introduced within this group
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-459
Number of pages9
JournalPsychological Medicine
Volume47
Issue number3
Early online date20 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children
  • maternal depression
  • sleep

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