THE IMPACT OF INFANT ADMISSION TO SPECIALIZED CARE ON THE TRAJECTORIES OF MATERNAL DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS
Date of Award
Master of Science
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Dr. Karen Campbell
Dr. William Avison
Dr. Verinder Sharma
Depressive symptoms persisting from pregnancy to postpartum are a significant health concern for both mother and child. This thesis aims to elucidate the impact of neonatal admission to specialized care on trajectories of maternal depressive symptoms in a cohort of women from London, Ontario. We hypothesized that women giving birth to infants subsequently admitted to specialized care at birth were at higher risk for experiencing an increase in depressive symptoms from pregnancy to 2 years postpartum. Data were collected from the Prenatal Health Project at the University of Western Ontario. Univariable and multivariable regression models were used to determine the relationship between infant admission to specialized care and trajectories of depressive symptoms. Depression in pregnancy, lower current stress, higher current social support and higher current child health were associated with depressive symptoms that decrease from pregnancy to postpartum. Infant admission to specialized care was not significantly associated with trajectories of maternal depression.
Sharpe, Kristine, "THE IMPACT OF INFANT ADMISSION TO SPECIALIZED CARE ON THE TRAJECTORIES OF MATERNAL DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS" (2009). Digitized Theses. 3956.