Children of Mothers With Bipolar May Benefit From Early Intervention

Toddlers born to mothers with bipolar disorder who were easily frustrated or express negative emotions have higher risk of behavioral problems.

A recent study examining the temperament and behavior of toddlers whose mothers have bipolar disorder shows that toddlers who struggle with frustration, restraint and negative emotions may be at an increased risk for behavioral problems over time. The study was published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.

In this study, the Early Childhood Behavior Questionnaire and Child Behavior Checklist were used to assess the temperament of 30 toddlers between the ages of 18-36 months whose mothers have bipolar disorder. The toddlers’ mothers were asked to rate the frequency of temperament-related behavior observed over the previous two weeks on a scale from one (never) to seven (always).

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