Dr Belinda Lloyd from the University of Queensland has been looking into the links between mothers' mental health and their children's. She used data from the Mater-University Study of Pregnancy - a long-term study of more than 7,000 mothers and their children born at Brisbane's Mater Hospital between 1981 and 1983. Dr Lloyd found that children whose mothers experienced mental-health problems as their children went through adolescence were more likely to have behavioural and mental-health problems themselves. Children whose mothers had recurrent mental-health problems were also at greater risk of behavioural and psychological difficulties. However, the study found that antenatal and postnatal depression alone had no negative impact on children.
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