3153.0 Maternal Mental Health: Health Behaviors, Treatment, and Costs to Society

Monday, October 29, 2012: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
The purpose of this panel is to highlight the importance of understanding maternal mental health and the impact on health, health behaviors, and healthcare of children and their mothers in the US. A paucity of research has considered the broad health and social impact of poor maternal mental health. Panelists will present research relating maternal mental health to: nutritional practices, childhood obesity, healthcare costs, and the receipt of mental health treatment. This panel is relevant and timely. Maternal mental health problems present a major public health issue, often with long-term adverse health outcomes for mothers, children, families, and society. This panel will provide evidence of the pervasive impact of poor maternal mental health across a broad array of outcomes. Addressing maternal mental health will be critical in improving the health of women, children, and their families across the lifecourse and potentially across generations.
Session Objectives: By the end of this panel, the participants will be able to: Describe the impact of maternal mental health on health, health behaviors, and healthcare of children and their mothers in the US Discuss the overall clinical and policy implications of these findings for improving maternal mental health and child health outcomes
Rada Dagher, PhD, MPH

Maternal Psychological Distress and Disordered Eating Among US Mothers
Whitney P. Witt, PhD, MPH, Taryn Morrissey, PhD and Rada Dagher, PhD, MPH
Impact of patient-provider communication on adequacy of depression treatment for women in the US
Abiola Keller, PA-C, MPAS, MPH, Ron Gangnon, PhD and Whitney P. Witt, PhD, MPH
Preconception Mental Health Status and Pregnancy-Related Healthcare Use and Expenditures in the US
Whitney P. Witt, PhD, MPH, Lauren E. Wisk, BS, Kara Mandell, MA, Erika Rose Cheng, MPA and Angela Forgues

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Maternal and Child Health
Endorsed by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion, Women's Caucus, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)