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March 2018

Postpartum Depression and Its Long-term Impact on Children: Many New Questions

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Epidemiology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York
JAMA Psychiatry. 2018;75(3):227-228. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.4265

Just when it seemed that nothing new could be written about the clinical effects of maternal depression on offspring, an article has appeared that deepens our insight and raises new, interesting questions. Using data from the British Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), Netsi et al1 examine the long-term course and impact of persistent, severe postpartum depression on a child. The ALSPAC is an ongoing population-based study examining the overall health of children. It enrolled all pregnant women in a section of southwest England who delivered between April 1991 and December 1992 (n = 9848), with attrition over the years.

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