Maternal anxiety and attention problems in children at 5 and 14 years

Clavarino, Alexandra M., Mamun, Abdullah A., O'Callaghan, Michael, Aird, Rosemary, Bor, William, O'Callaghan, Frances, Williams, Gail M., Marrington, Shelby, Najman, Jackob M. and Alati, Rosa (2010) Maternal anxiety and attention problems in children at 5 and 14 years. Journal of Attention Disorders, 13 6: 658-667. doi:10.1177/1087054709347203

Author Clavarino, Alexandra M.
Mamun, Abdullah A.
O'Callaghan, Michael
Aird, Rosemary
Bor, William
O'Callaghan, Frances
Williams, Gail M.
Marrington, Shelby
Najman, Jackob M.
Alati, Rosa
Title Maternal anxiety and attention problems in children at 5 and 14 years
Journal name Journal of Attention Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1087-0547
Publication date 2010-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1087054709347203
Volume 13
Issue 6
Start page 658
End page 667
Total pages 10
Editor Jack Naglieri
Sam Goldstein
Place of publication Toronto, ON, Canada
Publisher Multi-Health Systems
Language eng
Subject 111714 Mental Health
920401 Behaviour and Health
920501 Child Health
Formatted abstract
Objective: This study examines the association between maternal anxiety from pregnancy to 5 years and child attention problems at 5 and 14 years.
Method: Birth cohort of 3,982 individuals born in Brisbane between 1981 and 1983 are assessed. Self-reported measures of maternal anxiety are assessed at four time points. Maternal reports of child attention problems using Achenbach’s Child Behavior Checklist are assessed at 5 and 14 years.
Results: Children of mothers experiencing anxiety during or after pregnancy are at greater risk of experiencing attention problems at 5 and 14 years. After adjusting for maternal age and child’s gender, antenatal anxiety is strongly associated with persistent attention problems (OR = 3.65, 95% CI = 2.19, 6.07). Children with chronically anxious mothers are 5.67 (95% CI = 3.56, 9.03) times more likely to have persistent attention problems. These associations remain consistent after adjusting for potential confounders.
Conclusions: Maternal anxiety appears to increase the rate of child attention problems and identifies a need for treatment programs to have a dual focus—the mother and her child.
© 2010 SAGE Publications
Keyword Attention problems
Maternal anxiety
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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