Five Action Steps to Address Maternal Depression in Head Start Programs
While roughly 15% of new mothers suffer from maternal depression, the rates are much higher in families with lower incomes. In fact, 52% of mothers in the Early Head Start research study reported high levels of depressive symptoms (Administration for Children and Families, 2002).
Maternal depression interferes with a mother’s ability to be responsive to her new babies and makes parenting toddlers and preschoolers more difficult. Head Start programs have a lot of resources available to them to address this issue.
Here are some action steps and resources that programs can take to reduce the impact of depression in the families they serve.
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