Please read Dr. Jimenez’s article in Pediatrics titled, “Parental Depression Screening in Pediatric Health Care Settings: A Scoping Review.“
Parental depression affects as many as 1 in 5 families in the United States, with negative effects on parental and child wellbeing. The economic burden caused by lost work productivity and increased health care utilization among adults with depression in the United States is estimated at $210.5 billion per year, with maternal mood disorders costing approximately $31 800 per mother-child dyad across the first 6 years of a child’s life. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, with its far-reaching impact on physical, psychosocial, and economic wellbeing, has further increased the prevalence of maternal depression, with 1 study finding an increase in the rate of depression from 9% to 43% among mothers of children aged 18 months to 8 years during the pandemic. To read the full article.
Parental Depression Screening in Pediatric Health Care Settings: A Scoping Review. Hunt AM, Uthirasamy N, Porter S, Jimenez ME. Pediatrics. 2022 Jul 1;150(1):e2021055804. PMID: 35762257 DOI: 10.1542/peds.2021-055804.