Long-term outcome of offspring after maternal severe puerperal disorder
Article first published online: 29 SEP 2004
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 110, Issue 5, pages 365–373, November 2004
How to Cite
Abbott, R., Dunn, V. J., Robling, S. A. and Paykel, E. S. (2004), Long-term outcome of offspring after maternal severe puerperal disorder. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 110: 365–373. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2004.00406.x
- Issue published online: 29 SEP 2004
- Article first published online: 29 SEP 2004
- Accepted for publication June 11, 2004
- puerperal disorders;
- adult offspring;
- psychiatric diagnosis
Objective: To study adult mental health in offspring of mothers who experienced severe puerperal disorder.
Method: Mothers, followed up a mean of 23 years after puerperal disorder requiring hospitalization, were interviewed regarding adult psychiatric illness, childhood neurotic symptoms and conduct problems of 48 offspring of the index episode and 62 additional siblings.
Results: In these predominantly young adults the lifetime rate of ICD-10 adult psychiatric illness was 26%, and was higher in offspring of puerperal episodes (35% vs. 15%, P = 0.07). There were also high rates of childhood symptoms and problems.
Conclusion: There are high lifetime rates of adult psychiatric illness in young adult offspring of mothers with puerperal disorder, which are likely to increase further with time, and warrant special attention.