27. Mental Illness, Women, Mothers and their Children

  1. Ming T. Tsuang3,4,
  2. Mauricio Tohen5,6 and
  3. Peter B. Jones7
  1. Kathryn M. Abel1 and
  2. Vera A. Morgan2

Published Online: 19 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470976739.ch27

Textbook of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Third Edition

Textbook of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Third Edition

How to Cite

Abel, K. M. and Morgan, V. A. (2011) Mental Illness, Women, Mothers and their Children, in Textbook of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Third Edition (eds M. T. Tsuang, M. Tohen and P. B. Jones), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470976739.ch27

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Center for Behavioral Genomics, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla CA 92039, USA

  2. 4

    Harvard Institute of Psychiatric Epidemiology & Genetics, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA

  3. 5

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Centre at San Antonio, USA

  4. 6

    Division of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 7526 Louis Pasteur Drive, San Antonio TX 78229-3900, USA

  5. 7

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, Box 189, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 2QQ, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Centre for Women's Mental Health, 3rd Floor East, Jean McFarlane Bdg, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK

  2. 2

    Neuropsychiatric Epidemiology Research Unit, School of Psychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences, The University of Western Australia, Medical Research Foundation Building, 50 Murray Street, Perth, WA 6000, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694671

Online ISBN: 9780470976739

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Keywords:

  • mental illness, women, mothers and their children;
  • ways in which epidemiology – in understanding experiences of mental illness for women;
  • understanding better such processes - and how they maybe linked;
  • complex processes, impinging on the mother - affecting the child;
  • epidemiology of mental illness in women of reproductive age;
  • sex and age-at-onset differences in clinical presentation - key biomarkers;
  • fertility and fecundity in women with mental illness - subject to debate;
  • women with a mental illness - being pregnant, a high risk group of mothers;
  • pregnancy outcomes - for mothers with mental illness;
  • gene–environment interactions and offspring outcomes - prenatal exposures, and rearing environment and exposure to stressors and adversity

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The epidemiology of mental illness in women of reproductive age

  • Fertility and fecundity in women with mental illness

  • Maternal mental illness at the time of conception and during pregnancy

  • Gene–environment interactions and offspring outcomes

  • Obstetric complications and risk of adult onset mental disorder in offspring

  • Parental condition

  • Motherhood and perinatal mental illness

  • Designing studies examining the relationship between maternal mental illness and outcomes for their children

  • Conclusions

  • References

  • Further reading