The neglected 'm' in MCH programmes - why mental health of mothers is important for child nutrition


Rahman, A; Patel, V; Maselko, J; Kirkwood, B; (2008) The neglected 'm' in MCH programmes - why mental health of mothers is important for child nutrition. Tropical medicine & international health, 13 (4). pp. 579-583. ISSN 1360-2276 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-3156.2008.02036.x

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Abstract

In most societies, mothers are the primary providers of nutrition and care to young children. This is a demanding task, and poor physical or mental health in mothers might be expected to have adverse consequences on their children's health, nutrition and psychological well-being. Child nutrition programmes do not adequately address maternal mental health. In this article, we consider the evidence from less developed countries on whether maternal mental health influences child growth, with respect to evidence from both observational studies and from clinical trials. We estimate how much of the burden of undernutrition might be averted in one setting, and propose that promoting maternal mental health and treating maternal mental illness offer important new opportunities to tackle the twin scourges of maternal ill-health and child undernutrition.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: maternal health, nutrition, mental health, child growth, developing, countries, RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED-TRIAL, MATERNAL DEPRESSION, DEVELOPING-COUNTRIES, POSTNATAL DEPRESSION, HUMAN-PREGNANCY, BIRTH-WEIGHT, INFANT RISK, INTERVENTION, ILLNESS, GROWTH, Asia, Child, Child Development, Child Welfare, Depressive Disorder, complications, psychology, Developing Countries, Female, Humans, Infant, Infant Welfare, Malnutrition, etiology, psychology, Maternal Welfare, Mental Health, Models, Biological, Mother-Child Relations, Mothers, psychology, Nutritional Status, Socioeconomic Factors
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Nutrition and Public Health Interventions Research (2003-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Research Centre: Centre for Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH)
Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 18318697
Web of Science ID: 254954600017
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/7547

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