Formal child care can reduce behavior problems of children with depressed mothers

A new study shows another benefit of formal child care: It cut down on behavior problems among five-year-old children whose mothers were depressed.

In recent years, doctors, journalists and parents focused on post-partum depression – a mental illness that affects one in six women, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. This study, however, examined the impact of maternal depression once a baby turns a year old. When mothers have recurrent depression during their child’s toddler years those children were more likely to have behavior problems at age five, according to research cited today in Pediatrics, the AAP journal.

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