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The Relationship between Depression, Social Support and Anxiety in Young Mothers Versus Older Mothers

Olajide, Maria (2023) The Relationship between Depression, Social Support and Anxiety in Young Mothers Versus Older Mothers. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Background and aims: Depression is a prevalent mental health concern; it affects 10-20% of mothers during the first year of postpartum period (O’Hara & Wisner 2014). This is called postpartum depression. It is defined by persistent feelings of sadness, loss of interest in things once interested in, changes in appetite or sleep patterns (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). The aim of this study is to investigate the relationships between depression, social support, and anxiety in young mothers versus older mothers, with the goal of developing an understanding any potential age-related discrepancies and identifying factors that can contribute to maternal mental health outcomes. Method: Three questionnaires were administered to participants (N=56) through social media channels accessing each participants levels of depression, anxiety (DASS) and social support (OSSS-3). Results: A Pearson’s correlation analysis found that there was a correlation between depression and anxiety, while in the standard multiple regression model there was no statistical significant result found between the variables of depression, anxiety and social support with age. Implications and future research for this study are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Fox, Robert
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Tamara Malone
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2024 17:28
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2024 17:28

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