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Parent–infant vocalisations at 12 months predict psychopathology at 7 years

Allely, CS, Purves, D, McConnachie, A, Marwick, H, Johnson, P, Doolin, O, Puckering, C, Golding, J, Gillberg, C and Wilson, P 2013, 'Parent–infant vocalisations at 12 months predict psychopathology at 7 years' , Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34 (3) , pp. 985-993.

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This study investigatedtheutility of adult andinfant vocalisationinthepredictionof child psychopathology. Familieswere sampledfromtheAvonLongitudinal StudyofParents and Children (ALSPAC) birth cohort. Vocalisation patterns were obtained from 180 videos (60 cases and 120 randomly selected sex-matched controls) of parent–infant interactions wheninfantswereone yearold.Caseswere infantswhohadbeensubsequentlydiagnosed aged seven years, with at least one psychiatric diagnostic categorisation using the Development and Wellbeing Assessment. Psychopathologies included in the case group were disruptive behaviour disorders, oppositional-conduct disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, pervasive development disorder, and emotional disorders. Associations between infant and parent vocalisations and later psychiatric diagnoses were investigated. Low frequencies of maternal vocalisation predicted later development of infant psychopathology. A reduction of five vocalisations per minute predicted a 44% (95%CI: 11–94%; p-value=0.006) increase in the odds of an infant being a case. No association was observed between infant vocalisations and overall case status. In sum, altered vocalisation frequency inmother–infantinteractions at one year is a potential risk marker for later diagnosis of a range of child psychopathologies.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Research in Developmental Disabilities
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0891-4222
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Funders: Medical Research Council,, the Wellcome Trust, University of Bristol currently provide core support for ALSPAC, The Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre, The Yorkhill Children's Foundation
Depositing User: CS Allely
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2014 17:07
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2014 14:12

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