U.S. caregivers with mental health problems: Parenting experiences and children's functioning Academic Article uri icon


  • The 2007 National Survey of Children's Health was used to determine the prevalence of poor mental health among U.S. mothers, fathers, and guardians, specific parenting experiences and children's functioning. More guardians (13.7%) reported poor mental health compared to mothers (7.7%) and fathers (5.3%), generalizing to 4.6 million U.S. caregivers with poor mental health. Caregivers with poor mental health were at least 3 times more likely to report children's problematic functioning after accounting for sociodemographic factors and parenting stress and experiences. Research and clinical activities should recognize poor caregiver mental health as a condition that affects parenting and children's functioning.

publication date

  • 2016