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The Association Between Parental Depression and Child Psychosocial Intervention Outcomes

Directions for Future Research

Gladstone, Tracy R. G. PhD; Diehl, Anne MPH; Thomann, Lauren O. BS; Beardslee, William R. MD

doi: 10.1097/HRP.0000000000000214

Recent studies suggest that parental depressive symptoms may affect a child’s ability to benefit from interventions for anxiety and depression. This article reviews the current literature, suggesting that, when parents experience current depressive symptoms, children are less likely to benefit from psychosocial interventions for anxiety and depression. Opportunities for future research are discussed, including moderators and mechanisms of the association between parental depressive symptoms and child intervention outcomes.

From the Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College (Dr. Gladstone and Mss. Diehl and Thomann); Harvard Medical School (Dr. Beardslee); Department of Psychiatry, Boston Children’s Hospital (Dr. Beardslee).

Supported by a grant from the Baer Prevention Initiatives.

Original manuscript received 24 April 2018; revised manuscripts received 27 August and 25 October 2018, accepted for publication 6 November 2018.

Correspondence: William R. Beardslee, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Boston Children’s Hospital, 1 Autumn St., Suite 135, Boston, MA 02215. Email:

Online date: June 20, 2019

© 2019 President and Fellows of Harvard College
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