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New Guidance for Clinicians on Avoiding Mental Health Problems in Young People

Bridget M. Kuehn
JAMA. 2011;305(15):1525-1526. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.494.
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When clinicians treat a parent for depression, they may not realize they have an opportunity to help prevent the development of mental health problems in that person's children. But a growing body of evidence suggests that such an opportunity indeed exists.

A new set of recommendations aims to educate clinicians about evidence-based mental health prevention interventions targeting children and adolescents (Beardslee WR et al. Psychiatric Serv. 2011;62[3]:247-254). It also provides practical tips on how clinicians can implement these interventions in their practice or in their community.

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By advocating more positive parenting practices among patients who have children, clinicians can help to prevent the development of mental illness among children.

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