Family type and depression in pregnancy: Factors mediating risk in a community sample

O'Connor, Thomas G., Hawkins, Neil, Dunn, Judy, Thorpe, Karen, & Golding, Jean (1998) Family type and depression in pregnancy: Factors mediating risk in a community sample. Journal of Marriage and Family, 60(3), pp. 757-770.

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Abstract

The rate of severe depression among women in single-parent and biological families and in a variety of stepfamilies was examined in a large community sample of 13,088 pregnant women in the United Kingdom. Compared with women in biological families and published population rates, women in single-parent families and step-families reported significantly elevated rates of depression. Family-type differences in several risk factors were examined, including cohabiting (vs. married) status, relationship history, and socioeconomic and psychosocial risks, such as crowding, social support, and stressful life events. Family-type differences in depression were mediated partly by differences in social support, stressful life events, and crowding, but a main effect of family type in predicting depression remained after statistically controlling for these risks.

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ID Code: 90825
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Depression, Single parents, Stepparents
DOI: 10.2307/353544
ISSN: 1741-3737
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1998 National Council on Family Relations
Deposited On: 16 Dec 2015 00:40
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2015 05:14

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