Mothers With Positive or Negative Depression Screens Evaluate a Maternal Resource Guide

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Social isolation is common in mothers with high depressive symptoms. This study tested the hypothesis that a maternal resource guide that provided mothers with links to community human service agencies would be deemed more helpful by mothers with positive depression screens (PDS) compared with mothers with negative depression screens (NDS).


This investigation was a cross-sectional survey study of a convenience sample from a primary care practice–based research network, the Southwestern Ohio Ambulatory Research Network (SOAR-Net). English-speaking mothers who took their child(ren) to SOAR-Net practices were eligible to participate in the study. Data were collected between May 2006 and March 2009. A total of 1048 mothers completed the survey, and 234 mothers refused to participate.


Mothers were more likely to report that “This guide is helpful to me” if they were single (odds ratio [OR] = 4.05; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 2.77-5.94), their child had public health insurance (OR = 3.59; 95% CI: 2.39-5.40), or they had PDS (OR = 3.57; 95% CI: 2.13-5.98). After adjusting for a number of demographic variables, PDS continued to be significantly associated with “This guide is helpful to me” (adjusted OR = 2.68; 95% CI: 1.58-4.56).


Mothers with PDS were more likely to report that the maternal resource guide would be personally helpful compared with mothers with NDS.