The association between depressive symptoms and smoking in pregnant adolescents

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Bottomley, Katrina and Lancaster, Sandra (2008) The association between depressive symptoms and smoking in pregnant adolescents. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 13 (5). pp. 574-582. ISSN 1465-3966


There have been no studies that have specifically examined the relationship between smoking and depressive symptoms in Australian pregnant adolescents. Eighty one pregnant adolescents completed an adapted version of Lawson’s (1994) Smoking Questionnaire and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Smoking status (smokers vs. non-smokers) and depressive symptoms remained stable during pregnancy. However, comparisons of depressive symptoms across smoking categories revealed that pregnant adolescent smokers were more likely to be depressed than pregnant adolescent lifetime non-smokers, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy. There was a weak association between the number of cigarettes smoked and depressive symptoms, but only in the third trimester. Recommendations include further examination of the association between depression or depressive symptoms and smoking, and investigation of how change in smoking status during pregnancy may effect depression.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/13548500801927121
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 9299 Other Health
Keywords ResPubID15395, smoking, depression, pregnancy, adolescent
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