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Research Letter
September 2018

Prevalence of Depression Among Fathers at the Pediatric Well-Child Care Visit

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Children’s Health Services Research, Department of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
  • 2Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Comparative Effectiveness Research, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(9):882-883. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.1505

Approximately 24% of mothers experience depression in the prenatal and postpartum periods,1 which has negative consequences for children and families. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that pediatricians screen parents for depression during well-child care visits,2,3 but studies on screening for paternal depression have not been widely performed in pediatric clinics in the United States.