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Br J Psychiatry. 2003 Oct;183:342-8.

Maternal depression and child behaviour problems. Randomised placebo-controlled trial of a cognitive-behavioural group intervention.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Psychology, Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals Trust, UK. chrissie.verduyn@cmmc.nhs.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Despite the frequently reported association between maternal depression and childhood psychopathological disorder, few studies have attempted to intervene with both conditions.

AIMS:

To evaluate the effect of group cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) on child behaviour problems and maternal depression in a group of women with young children.

METHOD:

An assessor-masked, randomised placebo-controlled trial compared three treatments: CBT for depression and parenting skills enhancement; a mothers' support group; and no intervention. An epidemiological (general population) sample was recruited.

RESULTS:

Analysis showed no significant difference between the groups. Within-group comparison suggested that at the end of treatment and at 6-month and 12-month follow-up, child problems and maternal depression had improved significantly in the CBT group.

CONCLUSIONS:

There was no statistically significant difference between groups. Both contact interventions seemed to provide some benefits to mothers with depression, with a possibly improved outcome resulting from CBT for children with behavioural problems. The results must be treated with caution.

PMID:
14519613
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