Low-income rural women and depression: factors associated with self-reporting.

Journal Article


To examine factors associated with self-reporting depression for low-income rural women experiencing depressive symptoms.


Data were from 219 Rural Families Speak participants with CES-D scores >15. Chi-square and multiple logistic regression were utilized.


Just over one half (52.5%) of respondents who were experiencing depressive symptoms self-reported depression, whereas 47.5% of respondents self-reported no depression. Women reporting depression were significantly likelier to report physical health problems, injury/illness, and more frequent physician visits. Women reporting no depression were significantly likelier to have been pregnant in the previous 3 years.


Women reporting depression had more health care system exposure and perhaps depressive symptomotology knowledge. Public health campaigns should educate about depressive symptoms, including postpartum depression, to reduce stigma and increase treatment-seeking.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Simmons, LA; Huddleston-Casas, C; Berry, AA

Published Date

  • November 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 657 - 666

PubMed ID

  • 17691878

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17691878

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1945-7359

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1087-3244

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5555/ajhb.2007.31.6.657


  • eng