Psychiatric Quarterly, Vol. 77, No. 2, Summer 2006 (
GENERAL PSYCHIATRISTS AND THEIR
PATIENTS’ CHILDREN: ASSESSMENT
Jongil Yuh, Ph.D., Kathleen A. Maloy, J.D., Ph.D.,
Kyle A. Kenney, M.P.H., and David Reiss, M.D.
Published online: 9 June 2006
General psychiatrists frequently treat adult patients with Major Depressive
Disorder. Ordinarily, these psychiatrists focus solely on the treatment of their
adult patients. However, new data suggest that treatment efforts might be dou-
bly rewarded if psychiatrists tended to the children of these patients as well.
This article reviews the literature on children whose parents have Major De-
pressive Disorder, and on preventive interventions for their children. We also
review challenges to funding interventions of this sort based on systematic in-
terviews of public and private insurance providers. We suggest a new standard
of care for depressed patients: reliable screening of the patients’ children for
both risk of disorder and resilience as well as referral of these children, where
indicated, for prevention services. We review obstacles to this standard of care:
the professional reluctance of general psychiatrists to work with children and
Jongil Yuh, Ph.D., is a research scientist, Center for Family Research, George Wash-
ington University Medical Center, Washington, DC.
Kathleen A. Maloy, J.D., Ph.D., is at George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Kyle A. Kenney, M.P.H., is at University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
David Reiss, M.D., is at Center for Family Research, George Washington University
Medical Center, Washington, DC.
Address correspondence to Jongil Yuh, Ph.D., is a research scientist, Center for Family
Research, George Washington University Medical Center, 2300 K Street, NW, Warwick
201B, Washington, DC 20037; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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