ERIC Number: ED309378
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
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Prevalence and Correlates of Depressive Symptoms in Mothers of Young Children.
Hall, Lynne A.
Mothers of young children are at risk for depressive symptoms due to their gender and status as parents of young children. Accordingly, this study undertook to assess the prevalence of depressive symptoms in a sample of 196 mothers of 5- and 6-year-old children; to identify sociodemographic correlates of depressive symptoms among these women; and to determine if chronic stress is associated with depressive symptoms independent of other risk factors. In-home interviews were conducted with the participants using the Center for Epidemologic Studies--Depression Scale (CES-D) and the Everyday Stressors Index (ESI). High depressive symptoms were reported by 49 percent of the mothers. Depressive symptoms were highest among mothers who had never married, had less than a high school education, were under 25 years of age, were black, and had a low income. The ESI was a strong predictor of high depressive symptoms, controlling sociodemographic characteristics. Results suggest the importance of chronic, daily stressors as correlates of depressive symptoms in mothers of young children and also point to the need for multivariate models when examining predictors of depressive symptoms. Six pages of references are included. (Author/TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale