Maternal depression, changing public assistance, food security, and child health status.

@article{Casey2004MaternalDC,
  title={Maternal depression, changing public assistance, food security, and child health status.},
  author={P. Casey and S. Goolsby and C. Berkowitz and D. Frank and J. Cook and D. Cutts and M. Black and N. Zaldivar and S. Levenson and T. Heeren and A. Meyers},
  journal={Pediatrics},
  year={2004},
  volume={113 2},
  pages={
          298-304
        }
}
OBJECTIVE To examine the association of positive report on a maternal depression screen (PDS) with loss or reduction of welfare support and foods stamps, household food insecurity, and child health measures among children aged < or =36 months at 6 urban hospitals and clinics. METHODS A convenience sample of 5306 mothers, whose children <36 months old were being seen in hospital general clinics or emergency departments (EDs) at medical centers in 5 states and Washington, District of Columbia… Expand
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