Brief Infants of Depressed Mothers Living in Poverty: Opportunities to Identify and Serve
Tracy Vericker, Jennifer Ehrle Macomber, Olivia Golden
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This brief offers a first-time national look at the characteristics, access to services, and parenting approaches for infants living in poverty whose mothers are depressed. Results reveal that eleven percent of infants living in poverty have a mother suffering from severe depression. At the same time, many of these families are connected to services, such as WIC, health care services, food stamps, and TANF, presenting opportunities for policymakers and service providers to help these families. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation funded this research as part of an Urban Institute project identifying service strategies to help connect depressed mothers with treatment.
Research Areas Children and youth
Tags Children's health and development
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population