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Depression and the parenting of young children: making the case for early preventive mental health services.

Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Hospital, MA 02139, USA.
Harvard Review of Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 2.49). 10/2000; 8(3):148-53.
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ABSTRACT Numerous developmental and clinical studies over the past 25 years have documented that parental depression is re- lated to a wide range of impaired developmental outcomes in children. Conversely, the burden of caring for young children may be a risk factor for adult depression. We briefly summa- rize the negative developmental correlates of parental de- pression, beginning in the first year of life. We relate these findings to the results of a recent national survey of de- pressive symptoms and parenting behaviors among parents of children under 3 years old in the United States. We then look at epidemiological data on correlates of adult depres- sion that point to stress associated with the care of children as a potential contributor to rates of depression among women. Finally, we discuss the implications of these data for the organization of mental health services for young families.

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