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Childhood psychopathology in children of women with eating disorders

Barona, M; Nybo Andersen, AM; Micali, N; (2016) Childhood psychopathology in children of women with eating disorders. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica , 134 (4) pp. 295-304. 10.1111/acps.12616. Green open access

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the effect of maternal eating disorders (ED) on childhood psychopathology, early delays in cognitive, motor and language development, mother and child relationship, and child temperament in a community-based cohort: the Danish National Birth Cohort (DNBC). METHOD: Data were obtained prospectively on 48 403 children at 18 months and 46 156 children at 7 years. Data on cognitive, motor and language development, temperament and attachment were obtained at 18 months; data on child psychopathology were obtained at 7 years of age, using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). Children of mothers with lifetime diagnosis of anorexia nervosa (AN, n = 931), lifetime diagnosis of bulimia nervosa (BN, n = 906) and both (AN & BN = 360) were compared to children of mothers without an ED (n = 46 206). RESULTS: Girls of women with lifetime AN had higher odds of having emotional problems, and girls of women with lifetime BN of having conduct problems compared with children of healthy women. Boys of women with lifetime AN had higher odds of total, emotional and conduct problems; boys of women with lifetime BN had higher odds of total, conduct, hyperactivity and peer difficulties compared to children of women without an ED. Boys of women with lifetime AN and BN had higher odds of total, emotional and peer problems compared to children of healthy women. CONCLUSION: Maternal ED is associated with childhood psychopathology in both boys and girls. Boys seemed at higher risk for psychopathology in this sample. Associations between emotional disorders across genders in children of mothers with lifetime AN, and hyperactivity and peer difficulties in boys of mothers with lifetime BN confirm and extend previous findings and point to possible shared risk between ED and other psychopathology.

Type: Article
Title: Childhood psychopathology in children of women with eating disorders
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/acps.12616
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1111/acps.12616
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Barona, M; Nybo Andersen, AM; Micali, N; (2016) Childhood psychopathology in children of women with eating disorders. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica , 134 (4) pp. 295-304. 10.1111/acps.12616, which has been published in final form at http://doi.org/10.1111/acps.12616. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: Danish National Birth Cohort, Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, children, eating disorders, psychopathology, temperament
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Population, Policy and Practice Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1514233
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