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Depression and chronic health conditions in parents of children with and without developmental disabilities: the growing up in Ireland cohort study

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dc.contributor.author Gallagher, Stephen
dc.contributor.author Hannigan, Ailish
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-13T16:44:20Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-13T16:44:20Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4354
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Epidemiological evidence suggests that poor physical health and depression are highly comorbid. To date, however, no study has considered whether depression in parents caring for children with developmental disabilities is partly driven by poor physical health. Using data from the Growing Up in Ireland national cohort study (2006 to date), 627 parents of children with developmental disabilities were compared with 7941 parents of typically developing children on scores from the Centre for Epidemiological Depression Scale, chronic health conditions, socio-demographic and child behavioural characteristics. Having a child with disabilities was associated with a higher risk of depression (odds ratio (OR) = 1.83, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.43, 2.35) compared to parents of typically developing children. Adjusting for the presence of chronic health conditions accounted for some of this excess risk (OR = 1.77,95% Cl: 1.38, 2.27). The association between having a child with disabilities and increased risk of depression was explained, however, by adjusting for the child problem behaviours (OR = 1.07, 95% Cl: 0.81, 1.43). This study has confirmed, in a population-based sample, the high risk of depression in parents caring for children with developmental disabilities after adjusting for the presence of a chronic health condition. Importantly, given that poor mental health in these parents is associated with a battery of negative health and social family outcomes, it is imperative that health professionals pay attention to the mental health needs of these parents. Crown Copyright (C) 2013 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Research in Developmental Disabilities;35 (2), pp. 448-454
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2013.11.029
dc.rights This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Research in Developmental Disabilities. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35 (2), 448-454, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2013.11.029 en_US
dc.subject chronic illness en_US
dc.subject depression en_US
dc.subject developmental disabilities en_US
dc.subject problem behaviours en_US
dc.subject intellectual disabilities en_US
dc.title Depression and chronic health conditions in parents of children with and without developmental disabilities: the growing up in Ireland cohort study en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2015-03-10T15:53:27Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.ridd.2013.11.029
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1559610
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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