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Maternal Mental Health, Substance Use, and Domestic Violence in the Year After Delivery and Subsequent Behavior Problems in Children at Age 3 Years


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  • Robert C. Whitaker
  • Sean M. Orzol
  • Robert S. Kahn
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    By 3 years of age, children are at significantly higher risk for behavior problems if their mothers experience mental health problems, substance use, or domestic violence in the year after delivery. These maternal conditions often occur together, and as the number of maternal conditions increases, so does the risk of children’s behavior problems. This article takes the first-ever look at the cumulative effects of these maternal conditions on behavior problems in young children.

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    Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 4988.

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    Length: 10
    Date of creation: 01 May 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:4988

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    Keywords: Maternal and Child Health; Substance Abuse; Behavioral Problems; Domestic Violence;

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    1. Horton, Evette & Murray, Christine E. & Garr, Bethany & Notestine, Lori & Flasch, Paulina & Johnson, Catherine Higgins, 2014. "Provider perceptions of safety planning with children impacted by intimate partner violence," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 67-73.
    2. Amanda Geller & Carey E. Cooper & Irwin Garfinkel & Ofira Schwartz-Soicher & Ronald B. Mincy, 2009. "Beyond Absenteeism: Father Incarceration and its Effects on Children’s Development," Working Papers 1194, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing..
    3. Amanda Geller & Carey Cooper & Irwin Garfinkel & Ofira Schwartz-Soicher & Ronald Mincy, 2012. "Beyond Absenteeism: Father Incarceration and Child Development," Demography, Springer, vol. 49(1), pages 49-76, February.


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