Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factors influencing depression in women who are and are not pregnant
by Ruiz, Susana Leticia, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 44; 1524155
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reynolds, Grace
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
Publication Number: 1524155
ISBN: 978-1-303-52133-1
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