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ERIC Number: EJ923781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 87
ISSN: ISSN-1063-4266
Prevalence, Trajectories, and Risk Factors for Depression among Caregivers of Young Children Involved in Child Maltreatment Investigations
Casanueva, Cecilia; Cross, Theodore P.; Ringeisen, Heather; Christ, Sharon L.
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, v19 n2 p98-116 Jun 2011
This study examines depression among caregivers of young children involved in investigations of child maltreatment, in terms of 12-month prevalence of depression across 5 to 6 years. Data were from the "National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being," a national probability study of 5,501 children investigated for maltreatment. The study sample comprised 1,244 female caregivers (95.5% biological mothers) of children not placed out of home and younger than 5 years old. About a quarter of caregivers had, at any given point, a score indicating major depression in the previous 12 months; across all follow-ups, 46% of caregivers had a score indicating major depression at some point. Depression was associated with caregivers' report of intimate-partner violence and fair or poor health status. Caregivers of maltreated children are at substantial risk for depression that does not diminish over the course of 5 years. Assessing and providing assistance for intimate-partner violence and health problems may help decrease depression prevalence. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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