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Maternal ratings of child behavior improve with treatment of maternal depression.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11665908     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Maternal reports of child behavior are often the sole criterion by which childhood psychiatric disorders are diagnosed and treated, even though maternal distress or psychopathology may influence the accuracy of these reports. This study examines the effect of maternal depression and the impact of its treatment on reported behavior in the depressed women's children. METHODS: A total of 24 women with newly diagnosed major depressive disorder completed a self-rated Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and a Conners' Parent Rating Scale (CPRS) of child behavior prior to and after 1-2 months of antidepressant treatment. RESULTS: During antidepressant treatment, mean maternal BDI declined by 53%, while mean CPRS score decreased by 20%; these improvements were significantly correlated. Changes in the conduct, learning problem, and impulsive-hyperactive CPRS-subscale scores accounted for 89% of the rated behavioral change. CONCLUSIONS: Reported behavior problems in the children of depressed mothers improved with treatment of the maternal depression, and the degree of reported behavioral improvement was highly correlated with the degree of improvement in depressive symptoms. Maternal depression must therefore be considered in the differential diagnosis of any child being evaluated for behavior or emotional problems.
J D Modell; Modell PJG; J Wallander; P B Hodgens; P L Duke; P D Wisely
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Family medicine     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0742-3225     ISO Abbreviation:  Fam Med     Publication Date:  2001 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-10-22     Completed Date:  2002-01-30     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8306464     Medline TA:  Fam Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  691-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Medical Psychology Program, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 35294-0018, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Antidepressive Agents / therapeutic use*
Child Behavior*
Child Behavior Disorders / diagnosis*,  epidemiology
Child, Preschool
Depressive Disorder / diagnosis*,  drug therapy*
Linear Models
Maternal Behavior
Mother-Child Relations
Patient Satisfaction
Prospective Studies
Sampling Studies
Severity of Illness Index
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antidepressive Agents

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