Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Epidemiology and Population Health
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
prenatal depression; maternal and child health; healthy start; birthweight; gestational age; ethnicity
Prenatal depression has been associated with adverse outcomes for both pregnant women and infants. Data was studied from Healthy Start (n=1093). Healthy Start participants were screened for depression using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) during pregnancy. Data reported included birthweight, gestational length, ethnicity, and sociodemographic variables. No statistically significant association was found between a positive EPDS screen and birthweight-low/normal (OR 1.02 [95% CI 0.53, 1.70]), birthweight-abnormal (OR 1.02 [95% CI 0.53, 1.70], or gestation-preterm/term (OR 1.29 [95% CI 0.68, 2.45]). An association was observed between a positive screen and race, ethnicity by region of origin, immigrant status, English as a primary language, language by region of origin, pregnancy intention, smoking status, and alcohol consumption. Ethnicity and related variables may have associations with a positive EPDS screen, this should be analyzed in a larger population.
Pierce, Evangeline, "Prenatal depression screening among a diverse healthy start population." (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2671.