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Advances in Nursing Science:
doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e318244553e
Nursing & the Environment

Rates and Predictors of Depression in Adoptive Mothers: Moving Toward Theory

Foli, Karen J. PhD, RN; South, Susan C. PhD; Lim, Eunjung PhD

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There are approximately 1.8 million adopted children living in the United States. Adoptive parents may experience depressive symptoms and put their children at risk for negative outcomes. The results of this study describe the rates of depression in 300 adoptive mothers and associations with hypothesized explanatory variables, which predict approximately half of the variance in maternal depressive symptoms: expectations of themselves as mothers, the child, and family and friends; feeling of rest; past and present psychiatric difficulties (self-esteem, history of depression); and interpersonal variables (bonding, marital satisfaction, perceived support). These findings are useful in planning effective interventions to mitigate depressive symptoms.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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