Depression and negative life events among pregnant African-American and Hispanic women

Luis H. Zayas, Maddy Cunningham, Melissa D. McKee, Katherine R B Jankowski

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-22
Number of pages7
JournalWomen's Health Issues
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

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Depression and negative life events among pregnant African-American and Hispanic women. / Zayas, Luis H.; Cunningham, Maddy; McKee, Melissa D.; Jankowski, Katherine R B.

In: Women's Health Issues, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2002, p. 16-22.

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Zayas, Luis H. ; Cunningham, Maddy ; McKee, Melissa D. ; Jankowski, Katherine R B. / Depression and negative life events among pregnant African-American and Hispanic women. In: Women's Health Issues. 2002 ; Vol. 12, No. 1. pp. 16-22.
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