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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2011;32(12):752-65. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2011.609958.

Depressive symptoms in extended-care employees: children, social support, and work-family conditions.

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Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA.

Abstract

To examine the relation between having a child aged 18 years and under in the home and employee depressive symptoms, we analyzed cross-sectional data from four extended care facilities in Boston, MA (n = 376 employees). Results show that having a child is associated with slightly higher depressive symptoms. The strength of this relationship in our models is attenuated with the inclusion of social support at home (β = 1.08 and β = 0.85, with and without support, respectively) and may differ by gender. We recommend that future research examine the role of parenting and social support in predicting employee mental health.

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22077748
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PMC3805027
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10.3109/01612840.2011.609958
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