Wellbeing and resilience: mechanisms of transmission of health and risk in parents with complex mental health problems and their offspring—The WARM Study

Susanne Harder, Kirstine Davidsen, Angus MacBeth, Theis Lange, Helen Minnis, Marianne Skovsager Andersen, Erik Simonsen, Jenna-Marie Lundy, Maja Nyström-Hansen, Christopher Høier Trier, Katrine Røhder, Andrew Gumley

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Abstract

The WARM study is a longitudinal cohort study following infants of mothers with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and control from pregnancy to infant 1 year of age.
Background: Children of parents diagnosed with complex mental health problems including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression, are at increased risk of developing mental health problems compared to the general population. Little is known regarding the early developmental trajectories of infants who are at ultra-high risk and in particular the balance of risk and protective in the quality of early caregiver-interaction.
Methods/Design: We are establishing a cohort of pregnant women with a lifetime diagnosis of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and a non-psychiatric control group. Factors in the parents, the infant and the social environment will be evaluated at 1, 4, 16 and 52 weeks in terms of evolution of very early indicators of developmental risk and resilience focusing on three possible environmental transmission mechanisms: stress, maternal caregiver representation, and caregiver-infant interaction.
Discussion: The study will provide data on very early risk developmental status and associated psychosocial risk factors, which will be important for developing targeted preventive interventions for infants of parents with severe mental disorder.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalBMC Psychiatry
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2015

Keywords

  • high-risk infants
  • risk development
  • schizophrenia
  • bipolar disorder
  • depression
  • cohort study
  • attachment
  • stress-sensitivity
  • caregiving

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