Journal Article

The Psychosocial ‘Diagnosis’ of Depression in Mothers: An Exploration and Analysis


in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 29, issue 4, pages 601-620
Published in print August 1999 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 1999 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
The Psychosocial ‘Diagnosis’ of Depression in Mothers: An Exploration and Analysis

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A high rate of depression amongst mothers in families subject to child and family care social work has been clearly established. Social workers do not, however, appear accurately to identify the presence of depression. There has, furthermore, been a reluctance to use reliable and valid instruments for the detection of depression which may in part be related to a concern about medical ideology and the potential pathologizing effect of using such instruments. Depression, however, remains an important issue and this paper suggests a means for identifying women at high risk of depression; in the process, firmly recasting the issue in psychosocial terms. Using classification trees, two strategies are developed through which mothers likely to be depressed are identified through the presence of particular combinations of psychosocial problems. The implications of this for practice are discussed.

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Subjects: Social Work

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