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    • DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY 19:51–58 (2004) Brief Report TREATMENT OF DEPRESSED MOTHERS OF DEPRESSED CHILDREN: PILOT STUDY OF FEASIBILITY Helen Verdeli, Ph.D.,n Tova Ferro, Ph.D., Priya Wickramaratne, Ph.D., Steven Greenwald, M.P.H., Carlos Blanco, M.D., Ph.D., and Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D. Numerous studies have shown that depression is highly familial and impairing and that a history of depression in a parent is the strongest risk factor for depression in a child. Many of the parents in these studies have never received sustained treatment despite histories of recurrent depression. None of the studies have examined the effects of maternal symptom remission on offspring symptom or functioning. We sought to determine the feasibility of treating depressed mothers who brought an offspring for the treatment of depression and to examine the relationship between improved maternal depression and symptomatic improvement and social functioning in their offspring. Nine mothers bringing their offspring for treatment of depression, and who were evaluated and found to be currently depressed, completed a 12-week open trial of interpersonal psychotherapy. Mothers and their depressed offspring were assessed by independent evaluators at weeks 0, 6, and 12 for depressive symptomatology and social functioning. Although the rates of depression were high among the mothers, few eligible mothers agreed to participate. Of the 12 who entered treatment, 9 (75%) completed it. Mothers and offspring improved with regard to depressive symptomatology and global functioning over the course of the trial. Improvement in maternal depression was significantly associated with improvement in offspring functioning but not symptom reduction. Improvement of maternal depression may be associated with improved outcomes in depressed offspring. However, it is difficult to engage depressed mothers in treatment for themselves if they come to the clinic to bring their child for treatment of depression. It may be more feasible to study the effect of improved maternal depression on offspring by sampling depressed mothers coming for their own treatment and then assessing their children over the course of maternal treatment. Depression and Anxiety 19:51–58, 2004. & 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc. Key words: depressed mothers; IPT; depressed children n Divisions of Child Psychiatry and Clinical and Genetic Correspondence to: Dr. Helen Verdeli, Division of Clinical and Epidemiology, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Depart- Genetic Epidemiology, New York State Psychiatric Institute- ment of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physi- Columbia University, 1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 24, New York, cians and Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health, NY 10032. E-mail: verdelih@child.cpmc.columbia.edu Columbia University, New York, New York Received for publication 5 November 2002; Accepted 25 August 2003 Presented as an Invited Address at the New York State Office DOI 10.1002/da.10139 of Mental Health Annual Meeting, December 5, 2000, Albany, Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com). New York & 2004 WILEY-LISS, INC.
    • 52 Verdeli et al. INTRODUCTION for suicide, (3) were currently in treatment for Epidemiologic depression, or (4) had a medical condition that could studies across diverse cultures have cause depression. Inclusion criteria for offspring were: shown that the highest rate of depression occurs in (1) age 6–18 years, (2) initially identified through case women and the highest risk for first onset of major records as having a diagnosis of a DSM-IV unipolar, depression is in women of childbearing years [Kessler nonpsychotic depression made by clinic staff (child et al., 1993; Regier et al., 1987; Robins et al., psychiatrists, doctoral-level child psychologists, and 1984;Weissman et al., 1988, 1996]. Depression is also clinical child social workers), (3) in current treatment, associated with impairment in social and occupational (4) an IQ above the 75 percentile as assessed with the functioning, including parenting [Broadhead et al., Test of Nonverbal Intelligence, and (5) not participat- 1990; Johnson et al., 1992; Murray and Lopez, 1996, ing in another research protocol. Comorbid diagnoses Wells et al., 1989]. History of depression in a parent is in offspring were not a basis for exclusion. All subjects one of the strongest risk factors for depression in a provided written informed consent, and their offspring child, with a two- to threefold increased risk for written informed assent, after they were given a occurrence in offspring of depressed parents [Hammen complete description of the study. et al., 1990; Weissman et al., 1997]. Our recent studies found that in addition to the high lifetime rates of depression in women and their PROCEDURE offspring, high rates of concurrent depression exist in Screen. Before entering the study, mothers were mothers and their offspring brought for treatment of screened for depression, anxiety disorders, and sub- depression. However, only a minority of mothers who stance use disorders with the Patient Problem Ques- have an episode of depression concurrent with their tionnaire [PPQ; Spitzer et al., 1994; Spitzer, 1997] offspring (22%) are receiving psychiatric treatment when they brought their offspring for treatment of [Ferro et al., 2000]. This finding is consistent with depression. The PPQ screening procedure and results reports from community samples in which only about of its use in a screening study have been previously one third of depressed people receive treatment described in detail [Ferro et al., 2000]. [Kessler, 1994; Leaf et al., 1985; Young et al., 2001]. Eligibility evaluation. If mothers screened positive An important and unexamined issue is how treatment for depression and negative for substance abuse/ of maternal depression af fects the symptomatology and dependence on the PPQ, they were asked to participate functioning of their depressed offspring who are also in in an eligibility evaluation for the study which involved treatment. a structured diagnostic assessment with the 24-item In this report, we examine the feasibility of identify- Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression [HRSD; Ha- ing the depressed mothers for treatment from among milton, 1960] on which the mother had to score above those who were bringing their offspring for treatment 12, and the Structured Clinical Interview for Diag- of depression. We also examined the relationship nostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, 4th between improved maternal depression, and sympto- Edition [DSM-IV; SCID; Spitzer et al., 1992]. The matic improvement and social functioning in their other exclusion criteria were also assessed at this time. offspring. We chose to treat maternal depression with If after HRSD and SCID evaluation mothers were interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) because it is an eligible to participate in the study, they were entered empirically tested treatment for depression that also into the open clinical trial. addresses interpersonal functioning [Weissman et al., Independent evaluations. Upon entry to the study, 2000]. This was a pilot study designed to find a feasible mothers and their offspring were assessed by an research strategy for studying the impact of treating independent clinical evaluator at weeks 0 (baseline), 6 maternal depression on offspring depression. (interim), and 12 (termination) for depressive sympto- matology/clinical status and social functioning. Mater- SUBJECTS AND METHODS nal independent evaluations were carried out in a blinded manner to those of their offspring and vice SUBJECTS versa. Independent evaluations were conducted by Subjects were mothers over 18 years of age who were clinically experienced interviewers who took part in a ascertained when they sought evaluation or treatment training session with two of the authors (T.F. and H.V.). for depression in their offspring at the Department of Training involved didactic information, mock evalua- Child Psychiatry at Columbia Presbyterian Medical tions, and two supervised evaluations. Treatment. During the open trial, mothers received Center (CPMC) and themselves met DSM-IV criteria for a unipolar, nonpsychotic depression. Additional weekly IPT for 12 weeks in 45-min sessions from an maternal inclusion criteria were: (1) biological mother experienced clinician (e.g., MSW, PhD, or MD) of depressed offspring, (2) residing with the offspring trained in the delivery of IPT by an experienced IPT for Z1 year, and (3) fluent in English or Spanish. therapist. IPT is a time-limited, empirically based Mothers were excluded if they: (1) had a current (past 6 psychotherapy for the treatment of depression [Weiss- months) substance use disorder, (2) were at acute risk man et al., 2000]. If, according to their clinicians,
    • Brief Report: Depressed Mothers and Children 53 DATA ANALYSIS mothers did not show improvement by week 6, one of us (C.B.) undertook a medication evaluation of the subjects. At the end of treatment, mothers were offered We conducted outcome data analyses using two a referral for continued treatment in the community if approaches. Random regression analysis. The change in out- it was deemed necessary by the clinician. Children received treatment as usual (psychotherapy and/or come variable that each individual (mother or child) medication) at a CPMC pediatric psychiatry outpatient experiences over time is first modeled using a clinic. polynomial regression model with the individual’s outcome variable at each specific time as the dependent variable and the number of weeks after baseline MATERNAL-DEPENDENT MEASURES assessment as the independent variable. Because the number of observations per individual is r3, we Depression. We used the 24-item HRSD [Hamil- ton, 1960] as a clinician-rated measure of depressive employed a linear regression model. The model [Byrk symptomatology and its change over time. An HRSD and Raudenbush, 1992] posits that the individual score of 8–17 reflects mild depression, 18–24 moderate response of each subject is a function of the number depression, and 425 severe depression [Katz et al., of weeks since baseline assessment [a line with inter- 1995]. The Beck Depression Inventory [BDI; Beck cept (baseline response) and slope (improvement rate)]. et al., 1961] was used as a self-report measure of Models were also fitted using a quadratic term, to depressive symptomatology. A BDI score of Z16 test for deviations from linearity. The model was suggests a diagnosis of major depression [Katz et al., applied to (a) estimate a mean rate of improvement in 1995]. The Clinical Global Impressions Severity of outcome variable for each of the two groups, mothers Illness Scale [CGI-SI; McGlashan, 1973] was also used. and children; and (b) examine the extent of variation The CGI-SI is a brief clinician-rated scale that assesses around each of these means as follows. Initially, overall severity of mental illness. coef ficients associated with the intercept and slope Social Functioning. The Social Adjustment Scale- were treated as random coefficients to determine Self-Report (SAS-SR; Weissman and Bothwell, 1976) whether the rate of improvement varies between was employed to assess maternal social functioning. subjects. If there is no significant variation, the The SAS-SR is a brief self-report instrument that is coef ficients are treated as fixed. Using a random widely used to measure change in social functioning. A regression model to analyze longitudinal data permits higher score represents greater impairment. Maternal one to use information at all assessment points in the social functioning was also assessed with the Global study. A further advantage of this approach is that it Assessment of Function [GAF; APA, 1994]. The GAF allows for missing observations and subjects measured is a clinician-rated assessment of current (past month) at different times, as well as estimation of random functional impairment. A higher score represents person-specific effects. better functioning. Although the preceding analyses will let us deter- mine whether the mother/child outcome scores im- prove over the treatment period, it does not allow us to OFFSPRING-DEPENDENT MEASURES determine whether the changes in children’s outcome Depression. The HRSD, described above, was also scores (i.e., symptoms and functioning) are associated employed to assess clinician rated depression in with changes in mother’s symptoms and functioning. children. We employed the Children’s Depression To determine whether changes in children are related Inventory [CDI; Kovacs, 1980] as a self-report measure over time to maternal change, we fitted a random of depression in offspring. A score of Z19 indicates the regression model to child outcomes which included presence of depression. The CGI-SI was also used to both time-varying and time-invariant covariates as assess overall severity of mental illness in offspring. independent variables in the model. Social Functioning. Social functioning of offspring Specifically, the regression model was as follows. was assessed with the Social Adjustment Inventory for The dependent variable considered was each child’s Children and Adolescents [SAICA; John et al., 1987]. outcome at each study time point, the time variable The SAICA is derived from the SAS for use with (i.e., number of weeks from baseline assessment) was children and adolescents and, like the SAS, a higher the independent variable, and maternal score (HAM- score indicates greater impairment. Offspring social D, GAS, etc.) at the dif ferent study time points was functioning was also assessed with the Children’s treated as a nonrandom time dependent covariate. If Global Assessment Scale [C-GAS; Shaffer et al., the estimate of the coef ficient corresponding to this 1993]. The C-GAS is a clinician-rated assessment of nonrandom time dependent covariate is significantly current (past month) functional impairment in all areas different from zero, we can infer an association of a child’s life, with a higher score representing better between change in mother’s score and change in child’s functioning. A cutoff score of 61 was determined to outcome. All random regression analyses were per- best discriminate cases of psychopathology in an formed using the Proc Mixed software in the SAS system (SAS, Cary, NC). epidemiologic study by Bird and colleagues [1987].
    • 54 Verdeli et al. Endpoint analysis. The sample consisted of all Nine (75%) of the 12 mothers completed the open mothers and children who entered treatment. In this trial of IPT. One dropped out at week 3 when her child analysis, the last score obtained either at interim or was placed in foster care and subsequently hospitalized; early termination evaluation was used for mothers and another at week 2 owing to lack of time for treatment; children, respectively, who dropped out of the study. and the third at week 4 stating that treatment had The end point samples consisted of 12 mothers and 12 helped her and she felt no need to continue. The third children, respectively. The results of an end point mother and her child completed a termination evalua- analysis may be considered an estimate of the overall tion and these data are included in the random performance of a treatment program, including the regression analyses where the sample size is therefore ability to retain patients in treatment. equal to 10. For the nine mothers who completed the We assessed dif ferences between baseline scores and open trial, the average number of sessions was 11.1 (sd values at week 12 on each of the outcome measures 2.7). In addition to IPT, one mother received medica- using paired t-tests to test whether these differences tion in conjunction with IPT from the study psychia- were significantly dif ferent from zero. The Bonferroni trist when, following the guidelines of our protocol, she method was used to control for Type 1 errors owing to did not improve by week 6 of treatment. multiple comparisons. Both the actual P values and the Bonferroni P values are reported. OUTCOME ASSESSMENT Maternal depression was treated with IPT [Weiss- RESULTS man et al., 2000]. Our primary hypotheses were that:(a) Between October 1997 and December 1998, 171 both maternal depressive symptoms and functioning mothers were approached and asked to be screened for would improve as a result of treatment, (b) offspring the study. Of these mothers, 168 (98%) agreed to be depressive symptoms and functioning would likewise screened and 45 of 168 (27%) were eligible for improve, and (c) improvement of maternal depressive diagnostic evaluation. Thirty-five (78%) of these symptomatology would be associated positively with eligible mothers completed the study evaluations; 17 offspring improvement in depressive symptoms and of the 35 (49%) met the study inclusion criteria and 12 functioning. Effect of treatment on mothers. Results of the (34%) agreed to participate. Mothers who were eligible did not enter the study for a variety of reasons random regression analysis showed significant improve- including offspring refusal of treatment, mothers ment over the 12-week study period in mothers’ wanting treatment closer to her home, and offspring depressive symptoms as measured by both the HRSD participation in other research that precluded maternal and the BDI (Table 1). There were no significant participation in a treatment study. differences between mothers in rate of improvement. Whereas few mothers agreed to participate in the Mother’s HRSD decreased an average of 0.66/week study, the rate of depressions in the mothers was high: during the study period, whereas mothers’ BDI decreased 15% screened positive for current depression. The an average of 0.83/week over the study period. In mean age of participating mothers was 42 years [range addition a significant improvement over the study period 32–52, standard deviation (sd) 6.1] and their diagnoses, was observed in mothers’ global functioning measured by based on the SCID interview, were major depressive the GAF and social functioning as measured by the SAS. disorder (75%), dysthymia (8%), and concurrent major Results of the end point analysis (not shown) were similar depressive disorder and dysthymia (17%). Mothers’ to those obtained from the random regression analysis mean number of children (including full and half and can be obtained upon request. siblings of the target offspring) was 3.5 (sd 2.1). Nearly Not shown, results of the random regression model half of the mothers were Spanish speaking (42%) and indicate that baseline severity, as measured by the HRSD, most were of minority origin (67% Hispanic, 17% were negatively correlated with rate of improvement, African American, and 17% White). Most mothers implying that more severely depressed mothers showed were married (33%) or separated/divorced (50%), greater improvement (r ¼ À.4478). These results how- although 8% were never married and 8% widowed. ever, failed to reach statistical significance (P ¼ .2397). Change in offspring outcomes over study period. Most mothers (67%) were high school graduates and 33% had also completed some college. Mothers’ The random regression analysis showed significant household income fell into the following categories: improvement in offspring’s depressive symptoms over o$10,000 (60%), $10,000–25,000 (20%), and the study, as measured by the HRSD, with child HRSD $25,000–60,000 (20%) (household income was missing scores decreasing an average of 0.44/week over the for two mothers). Most mothers (58%) were not study period (Table 1). However, there was no employed and 33% were on public assistance. significant difference between subject variation in The mean age of the offspring was 14.1 years (sd 2.3) these rates of improvement. We observed a trend and 67% were girls. Diagnoses of the offspring, based (Po.06) in the offspring’s CGI-SI, with offspring on clinician rating, were major depressive disorder CGI-SI scores decreasing by an average of 0.06/week (67%) and dysthymia (31%). over the study period. Results of the end point analysis
    • Brief Report: Depressed Mothers and Children 55 TABLE 1. Outcome of mothers and their children over the period of maternal treatment for depressionn Random regression test of linear trends (Baseline–Week 12) Variable Baseline Week 6 Week 12 E4 P (E4) Depression rating scalesa 7 7 7 HamiltonFmother 10/17.4 8.0 9/14.0 8.7 9/9.1 8.0 .04 À0.66 7 7 7 HamiltonFchild 10/12.7 4.6 8/7.0 3.5 9/7.5 3.6 .007 À0.44 7 7 7 BDIFmother 10/20.0 9.1 9/20.2 15.5 8/9.9 10.1 .03 À0.83 7 7 7 CDIFchild 10/13.1 5.6 8/12.2 5.2 7/10.4 7.5 .30 À0.20 Clinical global impressionsFSIa 10/3.6 7 0.8 9/3.2 7 1.1 9/2.7 7 1.2 Mother .11 À0.07 10/3.4 7 3.4 8/2.9 7 0.8 9/2.7 7 1.0 Child .06 À0.06 Global functioningb 10/56.0 7 5.0 9/59.2 7 9.5 9/69.0 7 9.3 GAFFmother 1.04 .009 10/58.4 7 7.5 8/60.1 7 8.8 9/63.1 7 8.0 C-GASFchild 0.40 .24 Social adjustmenta 10/2.5 7 0.4 8/2.0 7 0.7 SASFmother NA .05 À0.05 10/2.0 7 0.4 8/1.8 7 0.3 SAICAFchild NA .34 À0.01 Values are expressed as mean (sd), unless otherwise indicated. n N ¼ 10 owing to inclusion of data from the termination evaluation completed by the mother–child dyad who dropped out of the study at week 4. a A higher score indicates greater impairment. b A lower score indicates greater impairment. NA ¼ variable was not assessed at this time. were similar to those obtained from the random accepted treatment was comparable with the literature regression analysis and can be obtained upon request. on clinical trials [Pocock, 1999]. However, recruitment Relationship of maternal depression with of mothers of offspring attending an urban teaching offspring outcome. We found no significant associa- hospital for participation in a clinical trial was fraught tion between change in maternal depression over time with difficulties such as children not residing with their and change in offspring depression over time for any biological mothers, cancelation of numerous appoint- measure of depressive symptomatology. When the ments, and family relocation. Whereas the rate of association between change in maternal depression (as depression was high in the mothers bringing their measured by the HDRS and BDI) and offspring children to treatment, numerous mothers needed to be functioning (as measured by the CGI-SI, C-GAS, and screened to find those who would accept treatment for SAICA) was examined, the change in maternal HDRS themselves. scores over time was significantly associated with Mothers and offspring in the present study improved change in offspring C-GAS scores (i.e., decreasing with regard to depressive symptomatology and func- maternal HRSD scores were associated with increasing tioning over the 12 weeks. Although both mothers and C-GAS scores in offspring; Table 2). There was a 0.45 offspring improved over the course of the open increase in offspring C-GAS score associated with a trial, the rate of maternal improvement was approxi- one-unit decrease in maternal HRSD score (Po.03). mately twice that of offspring improvement and was We conducted exploratory analyses to determine found in both independent evaluator and self-rated whether a relationship existed between improvement in measures. maternal global functioning and offspring outcome. Our finding of maternal improvement is consistent No significant association was found between maternal with the literature on the treatment of depression with GAF and offspring CDI, HRSD, CGI, C-GAS, or IPT in adults [Di Mascio et al., 1979; Elkin et al., 1995] SAICA. However, when offspring outcomes were and whereas the offspring in the present study received categorized into two groups by the median baseline treatment as usual and did not follow an established values, there was a significant association (Po.002) treatment protocol, their improvement is suggestive of between offspring who had a baseline C-GAS score of that found in empirical studies of the treatment of 60 and change in maternal global functioning. These depression in adolescents [Brent et al., 1997; Emslie offspring had a 0.67 increase in C-GAS for every one- et al., 1997; Mufson et al., 1999]. The lesser rate of unit increase in maternal GAF. improvement in offspring might be related to several factors. Offspring treatment was not standardized and many offspring were already engaged in treatment DISCUSSION when their mothers entered the study and probably experienced some symptomatic improvement before The delivery of IPT was acceptable to mothers in our study began, as reflected in the offspring’s low baseline HRSD. Finally, time must be considered that the completion rate of 75% for those mothers who
    • 56 Verdeli et al. TABLE 2. Regression effects of mothers’ Hamilton and global functioning correlated with their children’s outcome Child’s outcomen P (E) df E Child’s Hamilton 0.06 .61 15 CDI 0.02 .88 13 CGI-SI 0.04 .14 15 C-GAS .03 15 À0.45 SAICA .40 6 À0.009 n N ¼ 10. CDI, Children’s Depression Inventory; CGI-SI, Clinical Global Impressions Severity of Illness Scale; C-GAS, Children’s Global Assessment Scale; SAICA, Social Adjustment Inventory for Children and Adolescents. a factor with regard to improvement of depressive form of psychotherapy were used. The present study is symptomatology in both mothers and offspring. also limited in that many offspring were already in Our hypothesis that reduction of maternal depres- treatment when the study began and the average age sion would be associated with offspring outcome was was in adolescence, a period in which one’s peer group supported for improvement in offspring functioning is usually the primary interpersonal influence. In but not for improvement in offspring depressive addition, a longer interval may be required to observe symptomatology. Furthermore, improvement in ma- the effects of maternal improvement on symptomatic ternal global functioning was significantly associated outcome in offspring. It must also be acknowledged with improvement in offspring global functioning that children in treatment for depression would be when it was stratified on the basis of baseline severity. expected to improve over time even if their mothers Surprisingly, we found no significant association were not receiving concurrent treatment for depres- between improvement in maternal and offspring sion. Finally, the present study is generalizable to a self- depressive symptomatology over the course of the selected group of moderately depressed mothers who study. This might be explained by offspring treatment are predominantly urban, of low socioeconomic status, status as discussed above or, alternatively, by the fact Hispanic, and bringing their offspring for evaluation or that at age 14 the offsprings’ peer group exerted a treatment of depression. In light of these considera- greater influence on them than did their mothers. It tions, the findings presented here should be considered might also be that the association between maternal preliminary. and offspring depressive symptomatology requires a longer time (e.g., 6 or 12 months) to appear. It remains CLINICAL AND RESEARCH IMPLICATIONS unclear whether maternal depression has a stronger association with offspring functioning than offspring Clinically, the findings alert clinicians to the high depression or whether changes in global functioning rates of depression in mothers bringing their offspring precede those of depressive symptomatology. If the for treatment of depression. Whereas many mothers latter is true, a longer interval might lead to stronger will not accept treatment for themselves, in the context results in offspring. of bringing their children to treatment, the limited number who do may benefit. The research implications regarding feasibility are less positive. Sampling de- LIMITATIONS pressed mothers from a pediatric clinic where children The present report is a pilot study and has major are being brought for treatment of depression does not limitations, the most significant of which are its appear feasible. The mothers were dif ficult to recruit uncontrolled design and small sample size. As a result, and seemed already overburdened with their children’s the findings can suggest only associations between schedule. It was difficult to coordinate the timing of variables and not their direction. This report cannot both treatments. determine whether the relationship between maternal As a result of this experience, we are now studying depression and offspring functioning is driven by depressed mothers who have come for their own change in mother or offspring. In particular, we cannot treatment, and we are evaluating their children. This illuminate the nature of the relationship between is an ancillary study to the multisite Sequential change in maternal depression and offspring outcome. Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression Study Furthermore, as an open trial, we did not focus on (STAR*D). STAR*D will compare the effectiveness of efficacy of treatment but on the existence of a different treatment options for MDD and will enroll relationship between maternal symptom reduction 4,000 adults across 13 Regional Coordinating Centers and offspring outcome. To achieve symptom reduction [Rush et al., 2003]. Focusing on the common clinical in mothers we employed IPT; however, it is possible question of what to do next when patients fail to that reduction would occur more rapidly or be respond to a standard trial of treatment with an antidepressant medication, STARnD aims to define qualitatively different if medication and/or another
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