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Maternal Depression Can Undermine The Development Of Young Children

Center on the Developing Child  Harvard University

Serious depression in parents and caregivers affects not only the adults who are ill but also influences the the well-being of the children in their care.  The first joint Working Paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation summarizes recent evidence on the negative effects of severe depression on children and families.  The report also highlights the need for early intervention to ensure mothers’ well-being and children’s healthy development.  

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