Impact of parental socioeconomic status on offspring's mental health: protocol for a longitudinal community-based study.

TitleImpact of parental socioeconomic status on offspring's mental health: protocol for a longitudinal community-based study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsLi M, O'Donnell K, Caron J, D'Arcy C, Meng X
JournalBMJ Open
Volume11
Issue2
Paginatione038409
Date Published2021 Feb 16
ISSN2044-6055
Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Socioeconomic status (SES) affects physical and mental health and cognitive functioning. The association between SES changes (SES mobility) and health has ethical and political implications in that the pernicious effects of inequality and the differential impact on social classes of economic and social policies. There is a lack of research conducted to explore the intergenerational transmission of parental SES changes on the offspring's mental health and cognitive functioning. We aim to fill this gap and identify roles of parental SES changes in offspring's mental health and cognitive outcomes.METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This study will be based on a longitudinal cohort from the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec. Participants and their biological offspring will be invited to this study. For those with informed consent, we will collect their information on mental health, psychiatric disorders, cognitive functioning and early life experiences for offspring. Latent class growth analysis will be used to identify parental SES mobility groups. Multivariate regression analyses will be used to explore the roles of early life stress, parental SES mobility and their interactions in psychiatric disorders and cognitive functioning. Subgroup analyses (males and females) are also planned.ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: This study has been given ethical approval by the Research Ethics Board of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (IUSMD-18/17). Each participant will provide informed consent on participation. We will disseminate research findings through publication in peer-reviewed academic journals and presentations at conferences. Lay summaries of major research findings will also be shared annually with our partners in the health system and community agencies located in the catchment area.

DOI10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038409
Alternate JournalBMJ Open
PubMed ID33593762