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Integrating Mental Health Services for Mothers of Children With Autism
Emily Feinberg, Sc.D., C.P.N.P.; Michael Silverstein, M.D., M.P.H.; Zhandra Ferreira-Cesar, M.P.H.
Psychiatric Services 2013; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.640603
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Dr. Feinberg and Dr. Silverstein are with the Department of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, 801 Mass Ave., Crosstown Center, Room 439, Boston, MA 02118 (e-mail: emfeinbe@bu.edu). Dr. Ferreira-Cesar is with the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, where Dr. Feinberg is also affiliated.

Copyright © 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Autism is one of the most common childhood mental health conditions, affecting one child per 88 children. Although up to 40% of mothers of children with autism report clinically significant depressive symptoms, there has been little attention to the mental health needs of parents. Because most autism services for young children rely on active parental engagement to deliver recommended therapies, maternal functioning directly affects the intensity and quality of therapy that children with autism receive. Developing feasible and acceptable strategies to support the mental health of mothers who care for children with autism has the potential to optimize both maternal and child functioning.

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