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.
Cheng ER, Downs SM, Carroll AE. Prevalence of Depression Among Fathers at the Pediatric Well-Child Care Visit. JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(9):882–883. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.1505
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