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Parental use of antidepressant medication and family type in the risk for incident psychiatric morbidity in offspring
  1. Kaisla Joutsenniemi1,
  2. Heta Moustgaard2,
  3. Pekka Martikainen2
  1. 1Mental Health Problems and Substance Abuse Services Unit, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland
  2. 2Population Research Unit, Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, Finland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kaisla Elina Joutsenniemi, Mental Health Problems and Substance Abuse Services Unit, National Institute for Health and Welfare, PO Box 30, Helsinki 00271, Finland; kaisla.joutsenniemi{at}icloud.com

Abstract

Background Maternal depression increases the risk for psychiatric morbidity in offspring but the effects of paternal depression and family type are less studied.

Methods We assessed the effects of parental antidepressant use on offspring psychiatric morbidity in various family settings.

Results Our register-based study followed 132637 children for incident psychiatric morbidity in 1998–2003. The highest risk for psychiatric morbidity was in children living with both parents on antidepressants or with a lone parent on antidepressants. We found little variation in the effects according to parental or offspring gender.

Conclusions Parental depression as measured by antidepressant use, and single parenthood pose a risk for psychiatric morbidity in offspring.

  • MENTAL HEALTH
  • EPIDEMIOLOGY
  • MATERNAL & CHILD CG

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