Prevalence of Maternal Depressive Symptoms in Low-Income Hispanic Women
J Clin Psychiatry 2005;66(4):418-423
© Copyright 2016 Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc.
Purchase This PDF for $40.00
If you are not a paid subscriber, you may purchase the PDF.
(You'll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
Receive immediate full-text access to JCP. You can subscribe to JCP online-only ($86) or print + online ($156 individual).
With your subscription, receive a free PDF collection of the NCDEU Festschrift articles. Hurry! This offer ends December 31, 2011.
If you are a paid subscriber to JCP and do not yet have a username and password, activate your subscription now.
As a paid subscriber who has activated your subscription, you have access to the HTML and PDF versions of this item.
Click here to login.
Did you forget your password?
Still can't log in? Contact the Circulation Department at 1-800-489-1001 x4 or send email
Background: Maternal depression can have
significant repercussions for the health and well-being of
mothers and children. In primarily white middle-income
populations, approximately 15% of mothers experience depression.
Among ethnically and socioeconomically diverse populations, the
prevalence of maternal depression has not been as well
established. However, the highest rates have been observed among
low-income women. Because information about minority, underserved
women is particularly sparse, we utilize data from the San Mateo
County, California, Prenatal to Three project to describe the
prevalence and self-recognition of depressive symptoms among
low-income Hispanic mothers of infants and toddlers.
Method: Telephone interviews of a random sample
of women who received Medicaid and gave birth in San Mateo County
provided our sample of 218 nonpregnant Hispanic mothers. High
levels of depressive symptoms were defined as a score of > = 10
on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). We performed
descriptive analyses and analyses of variance.
Results: Twenty-three percent of mothers
reported high levels of depressive symptoms. Half of them
recognized a need for help with depression.
Conclusions: High levels of maternal depressive
symptoms were prevalent among the Hispanic women on Medicaid, but
only half of the women experiencing these symptoms identified
themselves as needing help with depression.