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September 13, 2006

Remission of Maternal Depression and Children’s Psychopathology

JAMA. 2006;296(10):1232-1234. doi:10.1001/jama.296.10.1232-b

To the Editor: Dr Weissman and colleagues1 reported that remission of maternal depression after 3 months of pharmacological treatment was associated with an overall 11% decrease in the rate of diagnoses in their children, whereas nonremission was associated with an 8% increase in the rateof diagnoses after this period. Mothers and children were interviewed through the Kiddie Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia for School-age Children–Present and Lifetime Version (K-SADS-PL) to establish categorical diagnosis, and mothers completed the Child Behavior Checklist.