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Caregiver Depression Screening in a Specialty Mental Health Clinic
Holly A. Swartz, M.D.; Doug Henry, Ph.D.; Joshua Hefferen, L.C.S.W.
Psychiatric Services 2014; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.650303
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The authors are with the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (e-mail: swartzha@upmc.edu). Dr. Swartz and Dr. Henry are also with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Mr. Hefferen is also with the Center for Children and Families, Pittsburgh.

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Many children receiving mental health services have parents who suffer from depression. Prevalence of depressive disorders among parents of children brought for evaluation in child specialty mental health clinics is two to three times higher than national averages, and yet rates of treatment seeking are very low. Parental depression constitutes an important risk factor for childhood psychiatric illness, poor child treatment outcomes, and higher child-related mental health service expenditures. Despite the public health importance of this problem, routine screening for parental depression is rarely conducted in child mental health settings.

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