Caregiver Depression and Youth Disruptive Behavior Difficulties

Gopalan Geetha, Kara Dean-Assael, Kathryn Klingenstein, Anil Chacko, Mary M. Mckay

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This study examines the rates of depressive symptoms and service use among caregivers whose children receive treatment for disruptive behavior disorders. Descriptive analyses examined preliminary baseline data from the Family Groups for Urban Youth with Disruptive Behaviors study for 212 caregivers to determine rates of caregiver depressive symptoms and lifetime mental health service use. Findings indicate that caregivers manifest substantially higher rates of depressive symptoms compared to national norms. Of those caregivers with clinically significant depressive symptoms, less than half reported ever receiving mental health services. Findings suggest that greater attention should be paid to identifying and treating caregiver depression among children receiving treatment for disruptive behavior disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-70
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Work in Mental Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • Caregiver depression
  • Child mental health treatment
  • Disruptive behavior disorders


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