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ERIC Number: EJ958403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Maternal Age and Depressive Symptoms in a Low-Income Sample
Eshbaugh, Elaine M.
Journal of Community Psychology, v36 n3 p399-409 Apr 2008
In this study, depressive symptoms of 2,011 European-American, African-American, and Latina low-income mothers at approximately 14 months after birth of the child were examined. Maternal age was used as a predictor of depressive symptoms. Overall, 31.9% of mothers were classified as depressed using the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale. Younger mothers tended to have more depressive symptoms among European-American mothers only. Latina mothers had fewer depressive symptoms than African-American and European-American mothers. Number of children 5 years and under in the home was positively related to depressive symptoms. In addition, mothers with higher levels of self-mastery reported fewer symptoms of depression. Implications for preventing maternal depressive symptoms are discussed. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale