Does alleviating poverty affect mothers' depressive symptoms? A quasi-experimental investigation of Mexico's Oportunidades programme.

@article{Ozer2011DoesAP,
  title={Does alleviating poverty affect mothers' depressive symptoms? A quasi-experimental investigation of Mexico's Oportunidades programme.},
  author={Emily J. Ozer and Lia C H Fernald and Ann L Weber and Emily P Flynn and Tyler J. VanderWeele},
  journal={International journal of epidemiology},
  year={2011},
  volume={40 6},
  pages={1565-76}
}
BACKGROUND Depression is a major cause of disability, particularly among women; poverty heightens the risk for depression. Beyond its direct effects, maternal depression can harm children's health and development. This study aimed to assess the effects of a large-scale anti-poverty programme in Mexico (Oportunidades) on maternal depressive symptoms. METHODS In 2003, 5050 women living in rural communities who had participated in Oportunidades since its inception were assessed and compared with… CONTINUE READING