Maternal depression and cognitive features of 9-year-old children prenatally-exposed to cocaine

Paul R. Marques, Judith L. Pokorni, Toby Long, Laureen O'Donnell Teti

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This study evaluated cocaine exposure and maternal characteristics as competing predictors of school-age cognitive, achievement, and language performance. One group of 47 exposed 9-year-old children were first studied in an earlier prenatal study. A non-exposed contrast group (n = 46) served as a reference. Maternal measures included: IQ, psychopathology, drugs, demographics, and environment. Child intelligence, language, and achievement scores were inversely related to maternal IQ and depression scores, with cocaine exposure significant secondary or tertiary predictors for many children. Verbal IQ scores of exposed children strongly reflected maternal depression (r = .54) but no such relationship was found among the non-exposed cohort (r = .00).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-61
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2007


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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