Studying the impact depression prevention and treatment have on parenting practices and healthy child development

Women of childbearing age represent the largest group of individuals with major depression. Depression can be a debilitating psychiatric disorder at any time of life, but it can be particularly challenging when it afflicts mothers raising young children. Rates of maternal depression are estimated to range between 8 to 12 percent, which are twice as high than those among adults in general. The National Research Council (NRC) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) will form an ad hoc committee to prepare a report that examines what is known about the identification, prevention, and treatment of maternal depression and the impact known interventions have on parenting practices and child health and development. The study will highlight disparities in the incidence and treatment of parental depression among underserved populations, identify strategies for widespread dissemination of best practice programs, and develop approaches that can foster the use of and access to appropriate interventions in service settings that engage at-risk populations of children and families. The committee will synthesize major research findings and prepare recommendations for policy and program development that strengthen the quality of treatment and prevention programs for parental depression. Four committee meetings, a workshop, and a regional dissemination meeting are included in the work plan for the study. Deliverables will include a book-length report and short report briefs that will highlight key recommendations for a diverse audience of health care providers, policy officials, researchers, and community leaders.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $500,000.00

Awarded on: 7/27/2007

Time frame: 8/1/2007 - 9/30/2009

Grant Number: 61299


National Academy of Sciences

500 Fifth Street, N.W.
Washington, 20001-2736


Rosemary Chalk
Project Director