Maternal Mental Health

In 2014, 13.6% of WIC mothers reported experiencing depressive symptoms, which include feeling down, depressed or hopeless, or having little interest or pleasure in doing things. Participants were classified as having depressive symptoms based on a point score >=4 depending on how frequently they experienced the symptom measures. For example, a participant classified as having depressive symptoms could either experience all symptoms for “several days” in the past two weeks, or one symptom “nearly every day”.

Notably, Spanish-speaking Hispanic women have the highest prevalence of depressive symptoms, followed closely by African-American women.

*Data source: Los Angeles County WIC Survey 2014. Sample size approximately 5,000. For more details click here.