Children of Parents with Mental Illness | EPICSS

It has been known previously that the offspring of parents with mental disorders have higher risk of developing mental disorders themselves. However, whether or not they also have higher risk for physical ill-health health and negative social outcomes is less known.

In this project, we seek to determine the association between parental mental disorders with physical health outcomes (i.e. immune-related disorders), injuries, and placement for out-of-home care among the offspring. We are also interested in finding out if these associations might be mediated by other factors, such as childhood adversity.

Contact person for the project

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Kyriaki Kosidou

Affiliated to Research


Prevalence of parental mental illness and association with socioeconomic adversity among children in Sweden between 2006 and 2016: a population-based cohort study.
Pierce M, Abel KM, Muwonge J, Wicks S, Nevriana A, Hope H, Dalman C, Kosidou K Lancet Public Health 2020 11;5(11):e583-e591

Association between maternal and paternal mental illness and risk of injuries in children and adolescents: nationwide register based cohort study in Sweden.
Nevriana A, Pierce M, Dalman C, Wicks S, Hasselberg M, Hope H, Abel KM, Kosidou K BMJ 2020 04;369():m853