Editorial: Money cannot buy happiness – but can it prevent depression? A commentary on Su et al.
Madeeha Nasir, Michael H. Bloch
In this issue, we read with interest Research Review: Developmental origins of depression – a systematic review and meta-analysis (Su et al., 2021). Su et al. (2021) conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis examining prenatal, perinatal and postnatal exposures and their association with depression in offspring. Su et al. (2021) evaluated twenty-eight potential exposures and determined that 12 were associated with increased risk of depression in the offspring. These risk factors included low birth weight, premature birth, being small gestational age, maternal education, socioeconomic status, parental age, parental smoking, maternal stress, maternal anxiety and prenatal depression (Su et al., 2021). Strikingly, each of these developmental risk factors for depression in the offspring is known to be associated with poverty.
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Madeeha Nasir is a Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology Postgraduate at UCL.
Michael Bloch is currently an editor for JCPP, a full profile can be found here