Addressing Maternal Depression: A Screening Project


Depression in mothers is associated with the occurrence of developmental problems in their young children, including impaired cognitive function, depression, and behavioral problems. Depression may also affect mothers' confidence and parenting skills. Addressing maternal depressive symptoms has been shown to improve behavioral outcomes for both mothers and children, and new guidelines emphasize that pediatricians should play a role in detecting depression. For this project, investigators will develop, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of a model for screening and referral of mothers for depression in five primary pediatric practices. The feasibility and cost of implementation will also be assessed. If the evaluation demonstrates the model's value, project staff will prepare technical assistance materials for providers and health plans to facilitate replication.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Trustees of Dartmouth College
Principal Investigator:
Ardis Olson, M.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 8, 2003

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