ERIC Number: ED493297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Low Income Mothers coming to Primary Care: Depression and Reports of Problems with Their Children. Data Trends #109
Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health
"Data Trends" reports present summaries of research on mental health services for children and adolescents and their families. The article summarized in this "Data Trends" indicates that children who have a parent who is depressed are at greater risk of depression themselves, as well as more frequent behavioral and school problems. Early detection and treatment of depression among mothers may be a particularly important prevention strategy, since it provides the opportunity to not only improve the health of mothers, but also to address their children's needs at an early age. In this article, the researchers investigate the links between maternal depression among women with a scheduled appointment with a primary care physician, and their reports of problems with their children. This study confirms the findings of previous research that depression among mothers is a serious health concern, not only for the individuals affected but also for their children. Unless interventions to address emotional and behavioral problems among children include provision for appropriate treatment of parent health, their effectiveness is likely to be limited. Although, as the authors note, this study did not include direct assessment of children, increased efforts to screen for and treat maternal depression in primary care is likely to yield significant benefits for families. The authors conclude that, based on these data, prevention or successful treatment of mothers with major depressive disorder could reduce the risk of negative child outcomes by as much as 55%. (Contains 1 table.) [This "Data Trends" presents a summary of: Weissman, M. M., Feder, A., Pilowsky, D.J., Olfson, M., Fuentes, M., Blanco, C., Latigua, R., Gameroff, M.J., Shea, S. (2004) Depressed mothers coming to primary care: Maternal reports of problems with their children. "Journal of Affective Disorders," 78, pp. 93-100.]
Descriptors: Prevention, Identification, Mothers, Low Income, Depression (Psychology), Mental Health, Health Services, At Risk Persons, Parent Child Relationship, Children, Outcomes of Treatment
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.
Authoring Institution: Portland State Univ., OR. Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health.; University of South Florida, Tampa. Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health.