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Factors affecting postpartum depressive symptoms of adolescent mothers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17238946     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To assess the extent that anticipated maternal emotions in response to infant care (infant care emotionality or frustration and dissatisfaction with infant crying or fussing, or both), several forms of social support, and socioeconomic status explain fourth-week postpartum depressive symptoms of adolescent mothers. DESIGN: Secondary multiple regression analysis of a subset of variables from a larger longitudinal study that examined adolescent mothers and infants. SETTING: Two university teaching hospitals in Western Canada. PARTICIPANTS: Convenience sample of 78 healthy adolescent mothers. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Prenatal anticipated infant care emotionality, perceived family and friend social support, socioeconomic status, enacted social support, and postpartum depressive symptoms. RESULTS: Anticipated infant care emotionality (R2=.19) and socioeconomic status (R2=.07) significantly predicted postpartum depressive symptoms. Family support, friend support, and enacted social support were not significant predictors of postpartum depressive symptoms. CONCLUSION: Nurses in various settings can assess the pregnant adolescent's anticipated infant care emotionality and socioeconomic status to determine their potential risk or vulnerability to postpartum depressive symptoms. More negative prenatal infant care emotionality was the strongest predictor of postpartum depressive symptoms. Validation of study findings with a larger, more representative sample is recommended.
M Loretta Secco; Sheila Profit; Evelyn Kennedy; Audrey Walsh; Nicole Letourneau; Miriam Stewart
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0884-2175     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:    2007 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-01-22     Completed Date:  2007-04-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503123     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  47-54     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Joint St. FX/Cape Breton University Nursing Program, Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Attitude to Health*
Canada / epidemiology
Depression, Postpartum / epidemiology,  etiology,  psychology*
Infant Care / psychology*
Infant, Newborn
Longitudinal Studies
Maternal Behavior
Nurse's Role
Nursing Assessment
Nursing Methodology Research
Pregnancy in Adolescence / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Prenatal Care
Regression Analysis
Risk Factors
Self Efficacy
Social Support
Socioeconomic Factors

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