Researchers explored depression among young mothers of young children reported to the child welfare system. They reported on female caregivers of 1,244 children who had encounters with child protective services.
Between 22% and 25% of caregivers had a score indicating major depression at some point in time. In addition, having been a victim of intimate-partner violence, being in fair or poor health, being single, or being White correlated with symptoms of major depression.
Report Title: National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, Brief 13: Depression Among Caregivers of Young Children Reported for Child Maltreatment http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/abuse_neglect/nscaw/reports/depression_caregivers/depression_caregivers.pdf
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