The association between birth weight and anxiety disorders in young adults

Betts, Kim Steven, Williams, Gail M., Najman, Jacob M. and Alati, Rosa (2011) The association between birth weight and anxiety disorders in young adults. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25 8: 1060-1067. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2011.07.002

Author Betts, Kim Steven
Williams, Gail M.
Najman, Jacob M.
Alati, Rosa
Title The association between birth weight and anxiety disorders in young adults
Journal name Journal of Anxiety Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0887-6185
Publication date 2011-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.janxdis.2011.07.002
Open Access Status
Volume 25
Issue 8
Start page 1060
End page 1067
Total pages 8
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Recent evidence has linked birth weight to later behaviour/mental disorders, yet studies have hitherto neglected to investigate the relationship between birth weight and adult anxiety disorders. Prospectively collected data from 2210 mother/offspring pairs of the Mater University Study of Pregnancy (MUSP) birth cohort was used to test for associations between birth weight z-score and four major groupings of DSM-IV anxiety disorders. Birth weight z-score was linearly and inversely associated with lifetime diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorders at 21 years, with those falling within the smallest birth weight quintile group at almost two-fold increased odds (OR = 1.96, 95% CI: 1.10, 3.52) of being diagnosed with the disorder compared to those falling within the largest group. The association remained when subsequent analysis restricted the sample to those exposed to trauma. This is the first study in which birth weight has been found to be associated with post-traumatic stress disorders in adults.
Keyword Stress disorders
Anxiety disorders
Developmental origins
Birth cohort
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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