Postpartum depression among adolescent mothers and adult mothers.

C. H. Chen

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This study examined the extent to which adolescents are at increased risk for postpartum depression. Mothers, ranging in age from 15-37, comprised two samples: 77 adolescent mothers (15-20 years) and 151 adult mothers (21-37 years). Six weeks postpartum, 61% of the adolescent mothers and 37.7% of the adult mothers met Beck Depression Inventory criteria for mildly to severely depression. Adolescent mothers reported significantly higher perceived stress and postpartum depression, but lower social support and self-esteem than adult mothers. Among 21 symptoms of depression, adolescent mothers exhibited significantly higher cognitive-affective symptoms than adult mothers. Adolescent mothers reported higher levels of somatic symptoms than adult mothers, but did not reach statistical significance. Low self-esteem was the significant risk factor of postpartum depression for adolescent mothers. In addition to low self-esteem, high stress was significant risk factor of postpartum depression for adult mothers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-113
Number of pages10
JournalThe Kaohsiung journal of medical sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Feb

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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