The relationship between maternal depression and maternal social support among Hispanic/Latina and non-Hispanic/Latina mothers

Kristen Michelle Guertin, University of Rhode Island

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between maternal social support and depression levels amongst Hispanic/Latina and Non-Hispanic/Latina mothers. It was hypothesized that Hispanic/Latina mothers would have lower levels of depression due to the literature that exists about their large extended family networks of social support and their close networks with their friends (Mcloyd et al., 2000), as well as their likelihood to be less reported or to report to have mental health problems like depression (Samaan, 1998). The study consisted of 53.4% (87) Hispanic/Latina and 46.6% (76) Non-Hispanic/Latina mothers recruited from 6 day-care centers, a food bank, and a food stamp outreach program in low-income areas of Providence and Woonsocket Rhode Island. It was hypothesized that (1) Hispanic/Latina mothers would have lower levels of maternal depression than Non-Hispanic/Latina mothers, that (2) Hispanic/Latinas will have higher levels of social support than Non-Hispanic/Latina mothers, and that (3) High levels of maternal social support among Hispanic/Latina mothers would explain levels of maternal depression. No significance differences were found between groups. Lastly, multiple regression analysis was used to further explain the research question of interest of if the relationship between maternal social support and maternal depression function similarly between Hispanic/Latina and Non-Hispanic/Latina mothers. However, race/ethnicity was not found to be a moderator between maternal depression and social support.

Subject Area

Behavioral psychology|Womens studies|Developmental psychology|Hispanic American studies

Recommended Citation

Kristen Michelle Guertin, "The relationship between maternal depression and maternal social support among Hispanic/Latina and non-Hispanic/Latina mothers" (2011). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI1491269.
https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/dissertations/AAI1491269

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