Depression in former school-age mothers and community comparison subjects Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Depressive Disorder
  • Models, Theoretical


  • This paper examines the lifetime prevalence and correlates of major depressive disorder in a cohort of former school-age mothers and compares the prevalence and correlates to those found in women of the same age, ethnicity, and geographical location as the school-age mothers. The sociodemographic characteristics show some striking differences. The former young mothers were less likely to be on public assistance (19% vs 42%), but were more likely to be working (78% vs. 55%), to have completed high school or college and to meet the DSM-III criteria for depression (10.7% vs. 4.9%) than the sample of community women. The only factor related to depression in the former school-age mothers was a diagnosis of drug/alcohol abuse or dependence.

publication date

  • September 9, 1996



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0165-0327(96)00047-X

PubMed ID

  • 8882919

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 95

end page

  • 103


  • 40


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