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Home Study: The Relationship Between Counseling, Social Support, and Depression in Mothers of Fragile Families 

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The Relationship Between Counseling, Social Support, and Depression in Mothers of Fragile Families
by Megan E. Delaney
Volume 39, Issue 04 - October 2017

Little is known about the treatment of depression in the mothers of fragile families. Data from three waves of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study (N = 3,003) were used to examine the effect of counseling and social support on depression in mothers in fragile families. The results, analyzed using logistic regression, indicate that mothers who received counseling are 1.46 times more likely to be depressed (OR = 1.458; CI = 1.027–2.068; p = .035), yet those with social support are 0.66 times less likely to be depressed in future years (OR = 0.0660; CI = 0.522–0.834; p = .001). Conclusions, implications for practice, limitations, and future research are discussed.

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AMHCA will provide 1.0 CE for reading and completing the accompanying quiz with a passing grade (80% or higher). American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has been approved to provide continuing education by the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. All sales are final - home study registrations are non-refundable.

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