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The Administrative Data Research Network is an ESRC-funded project that ran from October 2013 - July 2018. It is currently at the end of its funding cycle and is no longer taking applications. Administrative data research will be taken forward in a new project, to be launched later in 2018.

An investigation of maternal mental health and filial educational attainment in Scotland

Research overview

Medical research suggests that poor maternal mental health affects their children’s development and behaviour. It is likely that this, in turn, affects the children’s mental health, their attendance at school and the qualifications they gain. What is less clear are the details of the processes by which poor maternal mental health affects the children. This research wants to improve our understanding.

 


Benefit

This research aims to find out how many children are affected by poor maternal mental health, how this problem affects different social groups, whether unemployment increases the chance of depression and anxiety, and whether the timing of episodes of depression and anxiety have consequences for children’s education. This will help policy makers in central and local government, health and education, and the third sector.

 


Government departments

The project will link health and educational data.


More about the project

This research seeks to improve understanding of the impact of mental illness within families, particularly how depression and anxiety of mothers affects their children. Medical research has suggested that poor maternal mental health affects the development and behaviour of children. It is likely that this, in turn, affects the mental health of children, their attendance at school and the qualifications they gain at school. What is less clear are the details of the processes by which poor maternal mental health affects the children. In this research, we are seeking to improve understanding of:

  • how many children are affected by poor maternal mental health
  • the incidence of mental health issues among different social groups
  • whether unemployment increases the chance of depression and anxiety
  • whether the timing of events associated with episodes of depression and anxiety have consequences for their children’s education.

Linking health and educational records will help answer these questions and assist other researchers working in this area.


Date Approved 

June 2015 


Project lead 

Chris Playford, ADRC-Scotland, University of Edinburgh


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