Caregivers' depressive symptoms and parent- report of child executive function among young children in Uganda. Learn Individ Differ.

Itziar Familiar, Noeline Nakasujja, Judith Bass, Alla Sikorskii, Sarah M. Murray, Horacio Ruisenor-Escudero, Paul Bangirana, Robert Opoka, Michael J. Boivin

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Maternal mental health (particularly depression) may influence how child behavior report. Few research has focused on sub-Saharan countries where pediatric HIV concentrates and impacts child neuropsychological development and caregiver mental health. We investigated the associations between caregivers' depressive symptoms and neuropsychological outcomes in HIV-infected (n = 118) and HIV-exposed (n = 164) Ugandan children aged 2–5 years. We compared performance-based tests of development (Mullen Scales of Early Learning, Color Object Association Test), to a caregiver report of executive function (Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function, BRIEF). Caregivers were assessed with Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25 depression subscale. The associations between all BRIEF indices and caregiver's depression symptoms were differential according to child's HIV status. Caregivers with greater depressive symptoms reported their HIV-infected children as having more behavioral problems related to executive functioning. The assessment of behavior of HIV-infected children should incorporate a variety of sources of information and screening of caregiver mental health.

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JournalPaediatrics and Child Health, East Africa
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

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