Nurses screen kids for social problems

Researchers set up two urban primary care clinics and assessed the preschool children of 254 parents.

They found one in four of the low-income children, aged three and four, screened positive for social/emotional problems.

Among those who screened positive, 45% had a parent with depressive symptoms and 27% had no non-parental child care.

The majority of the parents, 79%, said they would welcome a referral to a counsellor or psychologist, whereas just 16% reported a prior referral.

The children were