Depression, social support, and life events were assessed in a sample of African-American and Hispanic women (N = 148) with uncomplicated pregnancies. Over half (51%) showed elevated depressive symptoms. Overall, women had fewer social supports and more negative life events than found in previous studies. African-Americans had more practical social support and persons in their support networks than Hispanics. Over a third of the sample (37%) had lost an important person in the past year. Depressed women reported more negative events than nondepressed women. Many negative life events and few social supports place minority women at risk for prenatal depression.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Maternity and Midwifery