Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Epidemiology and Population Health

Degree Program

Epidemiology, MSE

Committee Chair

Wallis, Anne

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Baumgartner, Richard

Committee Member

Baumgartner, Richard

Committee Member

LaJoie, Scott

Author's Keywords

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.

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