Prevalence of depressive symptoms among Hispanic women attending a public health clinic

Marivel Davila, The University of Texas School of Public Health


Background. Estimates of perinatal depression have ranged from 5% to more than 25% of women (Gavin et al. 2005). Although Hispanics have one of the highest birthrates, few studies have looked at the prevalence of depression among this population. This study aims to describe the prevalence of depressive symptoms among a sample of Hispanic women. Methods. A convenience sample of 439 Hispanic women were screened for depression using the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale. Sociodemographic data relating to pregnancy were also collected. Results. Although bivariate analysis found several variables to be significant, multivariate analysis found only marital and pregnancy status to be significant in predicting depression. Conclusions. While marital and pregnancy status proved to the strongest predictors for depression, future research would benefit from collecting information on timing of pregnancy and postpartum to further explore the role of pregnancy status and depressive symptoms.

Subject Area

Social psychology|Womens studies|Public health|Psychotherapy|Hispanic Americans

Recommended Citation

Davila, Marivel, "Prevalence of depressive symptoms among Hispanic women attending a public health clinic" (2007). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1445133.