ARCH Lab Contributes to Paper on Depressive Symptoms Among Mothers of Children with Epilepsy

Dr. Ferro contributed to a novel study that prospectively examined both the prevalence and trajectories of depressive symptoms among mothers of children with epilepsy. Results showed that a substantial proportion of mothers to children with epilepsy are at risk for depression, and that this risk is stable over time, despite seizure control. Instead, the trajectories of maternal depressive symptoms was influenced by factors such as family environment, children’s type of seizures and cognitive problems, as well as mothers’ age, and education at baseline. These findings were published in a paper entitled, “Prevalence and trajectories of depressive symptoms among mothers of children with newly-diagnosed epilepsy: a longitudinal 10-year study” in the journal Epilepsia.

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