Article Review: Protective Factors for Child Development

Protective factors for child development at age 2 in the presence of poor maternal mental health: Results from the All Our Babies (AOB) pregnancy cohort 

Authors: Sheila McDonald, Heather Kehler, and Suzanne Tough                                  Journal: BMJ Open

What is this study about? This study looked at what combination of factors were most protective of developmental delay at age two among children exposed to poor maternal health.

Who are the participants? The study team recruited a cohort of 3000 pregnant women. Two years later, 1596 mother-child dyads completed questionnaires. Of these 1596 pairs, 305 mothers (27%) were determined to be high risk for having poor mental health. The results we describe below are based on information from these 305 mother-child pairs from the Calgary area.

Why is this study important? The authors explain that maternal depression…

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