A new measure for infant mental health screening

Ammitzbøll, J. et al. BMC Pediatrics. Published: 1 December 2016

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Background: Mental health problems are a major public health challenges, and strategies of early prevention are needed. Effective prevention depends on feasible and validated measures of screening and intervention. Previous research has demonstrated potentials for infant mental health screening by community health nurses (CHN) in existing service settings in Denmark. This study was conducted to describe the development of a service setting based measure to screen for infant mental health problems, to investigate problems identified by the measure and assess the validity and feasibility in existing public health settings.

 

Conclusions: The new measure shows potentials for infant mental health screening. However, further exploration of construct validity and reliability is needed.

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