Early motherhood and mental health in midlife: a study of British and American cohorts.

TitleEarly motherhood and mental health in midlife: a study of British and American cohorts.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsHenretta, JC, Grundy, EMD, Okell, LC, Wadsworth, MEJ
JournalAging Ment Health
Volume12
Issue5
Pagination605-14
Date Published2008 Sep
ISSN Number1364-6915
Call Numbernewpubs20090126_Henretta_etal
KeywordsAdolescent, Birth Order, Cohort Studies, England, Female, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Maternal Age, Mental Health, Middle Aged, Mothers, Pregnancy, Pregnancy in Adolescence, United States
Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Examine the relationship between early age at first birth and mental health among women in their fifties.

METHODS: Analysis of data on women from a British 1946 birth cohort study and the U.S. Health and Retirement Study birth cohort of 1931-1941.

RESULTS: In both samples a first birth before 21 years, compared to a later first birth, is associated with poorer mental health. The association between early first birth and poorer mental health persists in the British study even after controlling for early socioeconomic status, midlife socioeconomic status and midlife health. In the U.S. sample, the association becomes non-significant after controlling for educational attainment.

CONCLUSIONS: Early age at first birth is associated with poorer mental health among women in their fifties in both studies, though the pattern of associations differs.

Notes

PMID: 18855176

DOI10.1080/13607860802343084
User Guide Notes

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18855176?dopt=Abstract

Endnote Keywords

Women/Mental health/CHILDREN

Endnote ID

19690

Alternate JournalAging Ment Health
Citation Key7264
PubMed ID18855176
PubMed Central IDPMC3191851
Grant ListMC_U120063239 / MRC_ / Medical Research Council / United Kingdom
MC_U123092731 / MRC_ / Medical Research Council / United Kingdom
U.1230(92731) / MRC_ / Medical Research Council / United Kingdom