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A longitudinal analysis of depressive symptoms among asian and pacific islander mothers at-risk for child maltreatment

TitleA longitudinal analysis of depressive symptoms among asian and pacific islander mothers at-risk for child maltreatment
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsTa, VM, Juon, HS, Gielen, AC, Steinwachs, D, McFarlane, E, Duggan, A
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume45
Pagination42-55
ISBN Number00103853 (ISSN)
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Asia, Asian, child abuse, depression, Depressive symptoms, Female, Hawaii, Health disparity, Humans, Longitudinal Studies, Mother-Child Relations, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Pacific Islands, Risk Assessment, Young Adult
Abstract

This longitudinal study examined racial differences in depressive symptoms at three time points among Asian, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander (NHOPI) and white mothers at-risk for child maltreatment (n = 616). The proportion of mothers with depressive symptoms ranged from 28 to 35% at all time points. Adjusted analyses revealed that Asian and NHOPI mothers were significantly more likely than white mothers to have depressive symptoms but this disparity was present only among families at mild/moderate risk for child maltreatment. Future research should identify ways to reduce this disparity and involve the Asian and NHOPI communities in prevention and treatment program design and implementation. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.