Long-term outcomes for the offspring of depressed parents


The increased risk of psychological problems in the children of depressed parents has been widely studied, but less is known about their long-term outcomes. In this podcast, Professor Myrna Weissman talks to Raj Persaud about the results of a 30-year follow-up study into the biological offspring of depressed parents.


Date published: 26 January 2017

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Myrna Weissman

Audio running time: 17 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the increased risk levels for depression in the offspring of parents with depression


  • other health and lifestyle factors found in the 30-year follow-up study


  • the mortality rates found at 30-year follow-up


  • the possible explanations for these findings and some effective interventions for these high-risk individuals.


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