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Long-term symptoms of depression and anxiety in mothers of infants with congenital heart defects


Solberg, Ø; Dale, M T; Holmstrøm, H; Eskedal, L; Landolt, M A; Vollrath, M E (2011). Long-term symptoms of depression and anxiety in mothers of infants with congenital heart defects. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36(2):179-187.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:
To examine the relationship between the severity of infants' congenital heart defects (CHD) and their mothers' symptoms of depression and anxiety from pregnancy to 18 months postpartum.

METHODS:
Mothers of infants with mild, moderate, or severe CHD (n=162) and mothers (n=44,400) within the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study were assessed with an eight-item short version (SCL-8) of the Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25 at the 30th week of gestation and at 6 and 18 months postpartum.

RESULTS:
Only the postpartum mental health trajectory of mothers of infants with severe CHD deviated from the mental health trajectory of the cohort at 6 and 18 months postpartum, showing significantly elevated levels of depression and anxiety symptoms.

CONCLUSIONS:
The results elucidate the relationship between infants' CHD severity and maternal symptoms of depression and anxiety, possibly identifying a specifically vulnerable patient dyad in need of postoperative interventions.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:
To examine the relationship between the severity of infants' congenital heart defects (CHD) and their mothers' symptoms of depression and anxiety from pregnancy to 18 months postpartum.

METHODS:
Mothers of infants with mild, moderate, or severe CHD (n=162) and mothers (n=44,400) within the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study were assessed with an eight-item short version (SCL-8) of the Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25 at the 30th week of gestation and at 6 and 18 months postpartum.

RESULTS:
Only the postpartum mental health trajectory of mothers of infants with severe CHD deviated from the mental health trajectory of the cohort at 6 and 18 months postpartum, showing significantly elevated levels of depression and anxiety symptoms.

CONCLUSIONS:
The results elucidate the relationship between infants' CHD severity and maternal symptoms of depression and anxiety, possibly identifying a specifically vulnerable patient dyad in need of postoperative interventions.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:25 Oct 2011 11:49
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:02
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0146-8693
Funders:Norwegian Research Council
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/jsq054
PubMed ID:20558484

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