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Mothers’ depression tied to teen behaviour

February 8, 2010

Mood states are passed from parent to children in a number of different ways:

Children whose mothers suffer from depression during pregnancy are more likely than others to show anti-social behavior, British researchers say.

Researches at Cardiff University, King’s College London and the University of Bristol say women who are aggressive and disruptive in their own teen years are more likely to become depressed in pregnancy, so a mom’s history predicts her own children’s anti-social behavior.

Dale F. Hay, professor of psychology at Cardiff University in Wales, says the study considered the role of mothers’ depression during pregnancy by looking at 120 British youth from inner-city areas.

via Moms’ depression tied to teen behavior – UPI.com.

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