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Growing Up In Scotland: Maternal mental health and its impact on child behaviour and development

DescriptionThis document reports how many mothers in Scotland experience poor mental health in the first four years of their child’s life, as well as the characteristics of these women. It further shows the impacts of maternal mental health on child development and behaviour.
ISBN9780755983100
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateApril 29, 2010

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Louise Marryat and Claudia Martin
Scottish Centre for Social Research, Edinburgh

Prepared for the Scottish Government: Children, Young People and Social Care Directorate by the Scottish Centre for Social Research

ISBN 978 0 7559 8310 0 (Web only publication)

This document is also available in pdf format (2Mb) This report is one of four reports & accompanied with research findings, 3/2010
(GUS) The circumstances of persistently poor children, research findings 1/2010,
(GUS) Health inequalities in the early years , research findings 2/2010,,
(GUS) children's social, emotional & behavioural charactoristics at entry to primary school, research findings 4/2010.

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1 BACKGROUND & INTRODUCTION
1.1 The policy context
1.2 Pregnancy, childbirth and mental health
1.3 Maternal mental health and child outcomes
1.4 Longitudinal research
1.5 How the study will contribute to the evidence base

2 AIMS, OBJECTIVES AND METHODS
2.1 Project Aim
2.2 Specific objectives
2.3 Summary of methods

3 FINDINGS
3.1 Summary of main findings
3.2 Incidence of maternal mental health problems
3.3 The social patterning of mental health problems
3.4 The impact of maternal mental health on early child outcomes

4 CONCLUSION
4.1 The key findings
4.2 The findings in context
4.3 Measurement issues: reliability and validity
4.4 Artefact and attribution
4.5 Conclusions and implications

REFERENCES

Appendix A: Methods in detail
Assessing maternal mental well-being over time
The relationship between maternal mental health and child outcomes

Appendix B: Regression output