Mental Health Around Pregnancy and Child Development from Early Childhood to Adolescence

52 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2019

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Stephanie von Hinke Kessler Scholder

University of Bristol

Nigel Rice

University of York - Derwent College

Emma Tominey

University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO)

Abstract

We identify the causal effect of mothers' mental health during early - and soon after pregnancy on a range of child psychological, socio-emotional and cognitive outcomes measured between ages 4-16. Results suggest a negative effect on children's psychological and socio-emotional skills in early childhood, but these effects fade-out between the ages of 11-13. We find no significant effect on cognitive outcomes. The fade-out of effects may be partly explained by compensatory behaviour of parents, as we find that mental health during or soon after pregnancy raises breastfeeding and improves measures of interaction between mother and child.

Keywords: prenatal psychological health, child psychological outcomes, child socio-emotional outcomes, child cognitive outcomes, ALSPAC

JEL Classification: I12, I14, I3

Suggested Citation

von Hinke Kessler Scholder, Stephanie and Rice, Nigel and Tominey, Emma, Mental Health Around Pregnancy and Child Development from Early Childhood to Adolescence. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12544, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3445810

Stephanie Von Hinke Kessler Scholder (Contact Author)

University of Bristol ( email )

8 Woodland Road
Bristol, BS8 1TN
United Kingdom

Nigel Rice

University of York - Derwent College ( email )

Heslington
Centre for Health Research
York, YO10 5DD
United Kingdom

Emma Tominey

University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) ( email )

12 Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TN
United Kingdom
+44 117 928 9019 (Phone)

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