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Research summaries and systematic reviews
Publication date: 
2011

Recent research on the relationship between maternal depressive symptoms and child stunting or underweight has produced inconsistent results. Two descriptive reviews have provided a summary of research findings but no quantitative synthesis of research results has been produced. This study's goals were to review systematically the literature on maternal depression and childhood growth in developing countries and to summarize and compare any associations found across populations using meta-analytical techniques.

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2011;89:608-615E. doi: 10.2471/BLT.11.088187

Approach: 
Detection and diagnosis
Disorder: 
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Setting: 
Community
Population: 
Maternal and neonatal health
Children and adolescents
Region: 
Africa
Central America and the Caribbean
South America
Asia
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