The impact of maternal depression on childhood development

Medscape: Robert Findling, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the School of Medicine and director of child and adolescent psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, discusses the results of a recent study focusing on the relationship between maternal depression and a child’s behavior. For example, he noted, “having a mother with recurrent depressive symptoms during her child’s toddler years placed a child at significant risk for multiple types of behavioral difficulties at 5 years of age.”