Family poverty over the early life course and recurrent adolescent and young adult anxiety and depression: A longitudinal study

Najman, Jake M., Hayatbakhsh, Mohammad R., Clavarino, Alexandra, Bor, William, O'Callaghan, Michael J. and Williams, Gail M. (2010) Family poverty over the early life course and recurrent adolescent and young adult anxiety and depression: A longitudinal study. American Journal of Public Health, 100 9: 1719-1723. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2009.180943


Author Najman, Jake M.
Hayatbakhsh, Mohammad R.
Clavarino, Alexandra
Bor, William
O'Callaghan, Michael J.
Williams, Gail M.
Title Family poverty over the early life course and recurrent adolescent and young adult anxiety and depression: A longitudinal study
Journal name American Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0090-0036
1541-0048
Publication date 2010-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2105/AJPH.2009.180943
Volume 100
Issue 9
Start page 1719
End page 1723
Total pages 5
Place of publication New York, N.Y., United States
Publisher American Public Health Association
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives. We determined whether exposure to family poverty over a child's early life course predicts adolescent and young adult anxiety and depression. Methods. We used a birth cohort study of a sample of women in Brisbane, Australia, who were recruited in early pregnancy and whose children were followed up on at ages 14 and 21 years. Some 2609 mothers and adolescents provided usable data at the 14- and 21-year follow-ups. Results. After adjustment for poverty at other phases, poverty at the 14-year follow-up was the strongest predictor of adolescent and young adult anxiety and depression. The more frequently the child was exposed to poverty, the greater was the risk of that individual being anxious and depressed at both the 14- and 21-year follow-ups. Conclusions. Family poverty predicts higher rates of adolescent and young adult anxiety and depression. Increased frequency of child exposure to poverty is a consistent predictor of adolescent and young adult anxiety and depression. Repeated experiences of poverty over a child's early life course are associated with increased levels of poor mental health.
Keyword Early-childhood
Health
Inequalities
Pregnancy
Outcomes
Disease
States
Dssi
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes This article was accepted December 11, 2009

 
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