Aims: The objective of this research is to undertake an 8-year follow-up of offspring born to parents of the Triple B Pregnancy Cohort Study to examine antenatal and postnatal predictors of psychosocial adjustment in middle childhood. Specifically, the study aims to examine parental risk profiles (mental disorder, substance misuse, and conflict) and infant risk profiles (temperamental reactivity, bonding problems, early socio-emotional, cognitive and language delays) in the perinatal periods, and their impacts on offspring:
- Mood and Behaviour Problems – internalising (depressed, anxious, withdrawn states) and externalising (aggressive, hyperactive and oppositional).
- Cognitive and Social Problems – executive function (behavioural regulation) and problems in interpersonal relationships (poor parent-child relationship quality, peer friendship difficulties, and delayed emotional literacy/recognition).
- Education and Learning Problems – poor school achievement (NAPLAN linkage) and adjustment.