This study sought to determine whether depressed adolescent mothers experience more psychosocial stressors than do nondepressed mothers and which stressors best predict maternal depression. Subjects consisted of 154 adolescent mothers 14 to 21 years of age who were recruited 1 to 3 days postpartum. The Beck Depression Inventory was used to assess severity of depression, and the Problem Oriented Screening Instrument for Teenagers was administered to assess mothers' level of psychosocial functioning. Depressed mothers consistently reported more problems in most areas of psychosocial functioning. Additionally, the best predictors of maternal depression were mental health status, family relations, and social skills.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|State||Published - Jun 1 1994|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)