Maternal depression, paternal psychopathology, and adolescent diagnostic outcomes

  • Brennan P
  • Hammen C
  • Katz A
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Abstract

The authors examined the relationship between maternal depression, paternal psychopathology, and adolescent diagnostic outcomes in a community sample of 522 Australian families. They also examined whether chronic family stress, father’s expressed emotion, and parents’ marital satisfaction mediated the relationship between parental psychopathology and adolescent outcomes. Mother’s education, child’s gender, and family income were covaried in all analyses. Results revealed that maternal depression and paternal depression had an additive effect on youth externalizing disorders. In addition, maternal depression interacted with both paternal depression and paternal substance abuse in predicting youth depression but not youth nondepressive disorders. Chronic family stress and father’s expressed emotion appeared to mediate the relationship between parental psychopathology and youth depression

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Authors

  • Patricia A. Brennan

  • Constance Hammen

  • Anna R. Katz

  • Robyne M. Le Brocque

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