Intimate Partner Violence and Depression Symptom Severity among South African Women during Pregnancy and Postpartum

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Violence against women by intimate partners remains unacceptably common worldwide. The evidence base for the assumed psychological impacts of intimate partner violence (IPV) is derived primarily from studies conducted in high-income countries. A recently published systematic review identified 13 studies linking IPV to incident depression, none of which were conducted in sub-Saharan Africa. To address this gap in the literature, we analysed longitudinal data collected … Read More

Food insufficiency, depression, and the modifying role of social support

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Food insecurity has emerged as an important, and potentially modifiable, risk factor for depression. Few studies have brought longitudinal data to bear on investigating this association in sub-Saharan Africa. The objective of this research was to estimate the association between food insufficiency and depression symptom severity, and to determine the extent to which any observed associations were modified by social support. The research … Read More

Philani Mentor Mothers: Alcohol Use, Partner Violence, and Depression

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The Philani Mentor Mothers Project aims to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable pregnant mothers and infants from low-income households, through a strategy of home visits by specially trained para-professional “mentor mothers”. Pregnant South African women with histories of drinking alcohol, abuse by violent partners, depression, and living with HIV are likely to have their post-birth trajectories over 36 months significantly … Read More