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Invited Commentary
Aug 2012

Is There a “Bright Future” for Another Screening Test in Pediatrics?Comment on: “The Parenting Responsibility and Emotional Preparedness (PREP) Screening Tool”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012;166(8):755-756. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2012.762

In this issue of the Archives, Lanzi et al1 present a 3-question screening tool (the PREP) that, when given to pregnant adolescents, identifies those whose infants are at increased risk for a host of adverse socioemotional and cognitive outcomes. These findings are timely and relevant to the aims of pediatrics. Improving the socioemotional outcomes of young children and preventing toxic stress has been recently promoted in a policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics.2