Title:Infants of depressed mothers living in poverty: opportunities to identify and serve.
Corporate Author: The Urban Institute
Subject:Children – general|split|Poverty – child poverty|split|Women – poverty|split|Health issues – mental health
Publisher:The Urban Institute
Place of Publication:Washington, DC
Date of Publication:2010
Depression in parents poses serious risks to millions of children in the United States each day, yet very often goes undetected and untreated. The risk can be very great for babies and toddlers, who are completely dependent on their parents for nurturing, stimulation, and care—and for poor families that do not have the resources to cope with depression. But depression is treatable and opportunities to reach these families and connect them to help already exist within multiple systems. In this brief, we take a first-time national look at the characteristics, access to services, and parenting approaches for infants living in poverty whose mothers are depressed (we focus on mothers as they are often the primary caregivers). We also identify current service systems that could intervene and help depressed mothers find support.
Â Material Type:Report