In-home intervention for depressive symptoms with low-income mothers of infants and toddlers in the United States.

Journal Article

Depressive symptoms in low-income mothers negatively affect infant-toddler development. This pilot study tested a short-term, home-based depressive symptom intervention with 16 African American and White, Non-Hispanic mothers in Early Head Start (EHS) programs who were randomly assigned to intervention and usual care/waiting list conditions. Mothers met in their homes with master's-prepared psychiatric mental health nurses who worked with them to improve their management of depressive symptoms and life issues, use of social support, and parenting. The intervention group showed a significantly greater decrease from baseline in depressive symptom severity at 8 and 16 weeks in contrast to the mothers receiving usual care. Observations of maternal interactions showed improvement in the intervention mothers. The results support testing on a larger scale.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Beeber, LS; Holditch-Davis, D; Belyea, MJ; Funk, SG; Canuso, R

Published Date

  • June 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 561 - 580

PubMed ID

  • 15354622

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15354622

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-4665

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0739-9332

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/07399330490444830


  • eng