The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether biopsychosocial factors such as biological, socioeconomic, and social support are predictors of depression among women who are pregnant.
This study included secondary data collected from the California Interview Survey (CHIS) in 2009. There were 28,186 women, ages 18-85, included in the data set. There were 217 pregnant women in the sample. Women who perceived their health status was poor and felt that nothing could cheer them up in the past 30 days did not have an increased risk of developing depression compared to pregnant women. Pregnant women who did not feel depressed in the past 30 days reported having excellent to very good health. For pregnant women, depression was not associated with perceived lack of a support network.
Findings suggest that research should be done on the most influential support networks and on the most salient characteristics in positive support systems.
|Commitee:||Acosta-Deprez, Veronica, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Medicine, Womens studies|
|Keywords:||Depression, Influencing factors, Pregnant women|
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