alexa Psychopathology in parents of depressed children and adolescents.


Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy

Author(s): Mitchell J, McCauley E, Burke P, Calderon R, Schloredt K

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Abstract One hundred and seventeen biological mothers and 63 biological fathers of depressed and nondepressed, psychiatrically disturbed children and adolescents were interviewed with the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia-Lifetime Version. Diagnostic information was also obtained on 54 biological fathers who were unavailable for interview. Histories of depressive disorders and other forms of psychopathology were reported at high rates in the parents. Major depression was the most commonly reported disorder in interviewed parents of both sexes, but it was reported more often in mothers. Substance abuse and antisocial pathology was more prevalent in fathers. Depression in parents did not distinguish depressed from nondepressed probands, but maternal history of anxiety disorders, alcoholism and/or drug abuse, and suicidality did. Depressed probands were more likely than their nondepressed peers to have two parents with histories of depression. Mothers of younger patients had more substance abuse and suicidality in their histories than mothers of adolescents. They also reported earlier age of onset of depression and earlier age of entry into treatment. This article was published in J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry and referenced in Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy

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