Depressive Symptoms and Obesity/Weight Gain Factors Among Black and Hispanic Pregnant Women

Carol Shieh, Jingwei Wu

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This study examined the relationships between depressive symptoms and obesity/weight gain factors in 56 Black and Hispanic pregnant women and the differences in these variables between the 2 ethnic groups. Of the women, 32% were likely depressed, 66% were overweight/obese, and 45% gained excessive gestational weight. Depressive symptoms were positively correlated with prepregnancy body mass index (BMI; r =.268, p =.046), inversely related to gestational weight gain (r = -.329, p =.013), and not associated with excessive gestational weight gain. Black women were more likely to have excessive gestational weight gain than Hispanic women. Prepregnancy BMI and gestational weight gain data can be useful in identifying pregnant women with depression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-19
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Community Health Nursing
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

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Hispanic Americans
Weight Gain
Pregnant Women
Obesity
Depression
Ethnic Groups
Body Mass Index
Weights and Measures

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Community and Home Care
  • Medicine(all)

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Depressive Symptoms and Obesity/Weight Gain Factors Among Black and Hispanic Pregnant Women. / Shieh, Carol; Wu, Jingwei.

In: Journal of Community Health Nursing, Vol. 31, No. 1, 01.2014, p. 8-19.

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