sad childsad child
Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain

The risk of children developing mental ill-health increases significantly when they have lived with someone who also has a common mental health disorder, research has found.

The study, from Cardiff University, showed who had grown up living with someone with were 63% more likely to experience any mental health issue, which includes but is not limited to anxiety, depression, anti-social behavior and personality .

Researchers drew upon anonymised hospital admission and GP records which tracked 190,000 children living in Wales from birth up to age 15. It recorded mental health symptoms, diagnoses and treatments, and analyzed and developmental disorders such as learning disabilities or attention deficit.

Lead author Dr. Emily Lowthian who conducted the research at Cardiff University’s Centre for Development, Evaluation, Complexity and Implementation in Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer), said: “Our findings demonstrate that even before the pandemic hit, mental ill-health and a wide array of associated symptoms were common experiences for many children and . Over the last 18 months of the pandemic in particular, so many people will have had difficulties caused by isolation, changes to their work-life, and lots of other factors too. Children and young people who have missed out on school and other important experiences will be among those who have found it most difficult.”

Dr. Lowthian, now a research officer and data scientist at Swansea University Medical School added: “We know that childhood mental health issues transgress into adulthood, so it’s vital that effective interventions are in place to support young people at this formative time in their lives. We’d like to see use COVID-19 as a catalyst to respond to our findings and implement support strategies for children and families in Wales.”

The study, which draws on 14 years’ worth of data between 1998 and 2012, also established links between who had mental ill health and other conditions in children such as personality or eating disorders.

They found that mental ill health among household members was related to a 42% increase in developmental disorders, which includes learning disabilities or attention-deficit disorders.

Alongside mental health, children who experienced victimization such as maltreatment or assault were 90% more likely to suffer childhood mental health issues and were 65% more likely to have developmental disorders, the study reveals.

Co-author Dr. Rebecca Anthony, research associate at DECIPHer, added: “The links between victimization and childhood mental health are perhaps more understandable given the trauma associated with these experiences. And, while we did not find any evidence to suggest that experiences are worse in deprived settings, more research in this area is needed. In the meantime, support to access good health care and opportunities to address mental health needs can only be a good thing. This might include community initiatives to build resilience, as well as school-based or family-based programs.”

The paper, “Adverse childhood experiences and child mental : an electronic birth cohort study,” is published in BMC Medicine.

High-income countries are failing to provide adequate mental health services for children

More information:
Emily Lowthian et al, Adverse childhood experiences and child mental health: an electronic birth cohort study, BMC Medicine (2021). DOI: 10.1186/s12916-021-02045-x
Provided by
Cardiff University

Children living with someone who has mental health issues are two-thirds more likely to experience similar difficulties (2021, August 18)
retrieved 18 August 2021

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no
part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Source: Sound Health and Lasting Wealth

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Los desafíos de la covid persistente para los adultos mayores

Pregúntale a Patricia Anderson cómo está, y quizá no obtendrás una respuesta…

There’s still time to get Amazon’s bestselling Echo Dot for 57% off before the Christmas holidays

Products featured in this Mail Best article are independently selected by our…

Vulnerable Brits shielding are ‘EIGHT TIMES more likely to catch Covid than those not isolating’

VULNERABLE Brits shielding are “eight times” more likely to catch Covid and…

Microplastics Have Been Found In Breast Milk For The First Time—Could This Change Breastfeeding Forever?

Breast is best, or so the saying goes. But is that really…