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Joe Speer & Chelsey Grasso
Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. 38(8):611-618, October 2017
We analyzed cross-sectional data from the National Health Interview Survey 2014-2015 to explore the relationship between parental psychological distress and food insecurity by parental status (mothers/fathers). We found that food insecurity was independently associated withserious psychological distress (SPD) among both parents, with this association being especially strong in fathers, who were over four times more likely to have (SPD) if they were food insecure versus food secure. Findings suggest we need to improve screening and treatment for serious mental illness among food insecure parents by targeting both parents to mitigate the adverse effects of parental distress on children’s development.
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