Navigation Links
Family stress and child's temper extremes contribute to anxiety and depression in children
Date:6/20/2008

Small children who grow up in a family where the mother has psychological distress, the family is exposed to stress or is lacking social support, are at higher risk of developing anxious and depressive symptoms in early adolescence. Girls are more vulnerable than boys, and very timid or short-tempered children are more vulnerable than others to develop emotional problems. This is shown in a new doctorate study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH).

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental problems for children and adolescents.

Contributing factors to the development of symptoms of anxiety and depression while growing up is the key focus in the doctorate project by Evalill Karevold at the NIPH.

10-20% of all children and young people will, in the course of growing up, display enough symptoms of anxiety and depression to qualify for a diagnosis.

Environmental factors play an important role

Karevold has followed more than 900 families from when the children were 18 months old through to adolescence (data from the NIPH's TOPP-study). The findings are based on maternal and child report of the child's symptoms of anxiety and depression, plus reports from the mother about risk and protective factors in the family environment.

A main finding highlights the importance of environmental factors for families with children less than 5 years of age. Maternal distress symptoms, family stress and lack of social support in their children's growing-up environment in pre-school age leads to an increase in anxiety and depression symptoms when these children reach 12-13 years old.

In addition, the results show that girls are more likely to develop emotional problems at 12-13 years of age than boys.

- Research indicates that girls tend to churn over problems and events more than boys. In addition, early puberty in girls is thought to make them extra vulnerable to developing depressive symptoms, says Evalill Karevold.

Timid children have a greater risk for anxiety and depression

Another discovery shows that shy children generally have a higher risk of developing anxiety and depression than children who are not shy. If timid boys are also very inactive, the risk of developing emotional difficulties is almost three times as high compared with shy boys with a high level of activity. This does not seem to be the case for girls.

The results indicate that there can be two central developmental paths to emotional problems in early adolescence. One path goes through the child's temperament, especially temperamental emotionality (tendency to react quickly and intensely). A different course goes through the environmental factors that are present when the children are at pre-school age.

- It is important to be aware of families who are struggling with multiple burdens, and who have little support or network around them when the children are young. Having pre-school aged children is believed to be a particularly vulnerable period to be exposed to maternal symptoms, so it is especially important to identify and help mothers who are struggling with anxiety and depression as early as possible. Health clinics can play a central role in spotting families who are struggling, and a lot more emphasis should be made to build up mental health expertise here, says Karevold.


'/>"/>

Contact: Media contact
info@fhi.no
Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Work-Family Conflict Dogs Air Force Women After Deployment
2. Work-Family Conflict Dogs Air Force Women After Deployment
3. Isolation of a new gene family essential for early development
4. Lake Elsinore Family Caregiver Receives Free Power Wheelchair From The SCOOTER Store
5. Family-based treatment more effective than supportive psychotherapy in treating bulimia
6. R. P. Simmons Family Foundation Pledges $2 Million for New Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Campus
7. BlueCare(R) Family Plan, a HUSKY Health Plan from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut, Raises Awareness, Funds and Diapers for New Haven Diaper Bank
8. Regional Center of Orange County Expands Family Support Resources to Meet Growing Needs
9. The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Pushes for Pre-K Expansion in Georgia
10. Family History Has Strong Effect on Cardiac Risk
11. Childs Flu Shot Helps Whole Family
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... Hernandez Insurance Agencies, ... communities throughout the greater DC region, is inaugurating a “New Leash On Life” ... animals and training them to be companions for veterans in need. , The ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... 18, 2017 , ... Moore Insurance, a Houston area agency ... is launching a regional charity effort to provide publicity assistance and generate donations ... Tumor Foundation (PBTF) has raised nearly $30 million in donations that has been ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... The Brian Gifford Agency, an Indiana-based firm providing ... support of Campagna Academy in a charity drive to provide for at-risk children and ... Indiana,” Campagna Academy is a nonprofit organization that has offered critical programs to at-risk ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... The Golseth Agency, a Texas based insurance ... is spearheading a regional charity campaign organized to provide support to Christina Upchurch and ... this year, Christina and her children returned from out of town to find her ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 18, 2017 , ... ... of highly trained practitioners specializing in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and integrative medicine, ... hormone imbalance and conditions of aging, such as menopause, andropause, thyroid disorder and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/28/2017)... , July 28, 2017 EnvoyHealth, a Diplomat company, ... a program for CleverCap LITE, a technology designed to ... to deliver innovative health technology solutions and services that ... CleverCap LITE offers medication monitoring ... bottle cover: Records ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... -- West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE: WST ) ... and updated financial guidance for the full-year 2017. ... Reported net sales of $397.6 million, a ... sales at constant currency (organic) grew by 3.9%. ... to $0.60 in the prior-year quarter. Second-quarter 2017 adjusted ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... Aesthetics, a leading medical aesthetic clinic in Singapore ... skin conditions from the inside. The natural process of ... skin becomes more transparent due to the thinning of the epidermis. Over ... the sun contributes to aging skin, causing age spots and other ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: