What accounts for depressive symptoms among mothers? The impact of socioeconomic status, family structure and psychosocial stress
OBJECTIVE To investigate the self-reported health status of mothers of school-age children with disabilities. METHOD Seventy-four mothers in the Northern Metropolitan and Eastern Sydney regions completed the MOS 36-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36). The survey was readministered 11 to 15 months later and completed by sixty-two mothers. RESULTS On average, the mothers reported significantly poorer mental health by comparison with population norms for women in New South Wales and for mothers with partners Australia wide. CONCLUSIONS In the absence of population data, the results of this study substantiate the findings of earlier studies based on clinical assessment and small group comparison designs.