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Data on Social Science and Medicine Described by Researchers at Washington University (Impacts of Child Development Accounts on maternal depressive...

July 18, 2014



Data on Social Science and Medicine Described by Researchers at Washington University (Impacts of Child Development Accounts on maternal depressive symptoms: Evidence from a randomized statewide policy experiment)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- New research on Health and Medicine is the subject of a report. According to news originating from St. Louis, Missouri, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "This study examines the impact of Child Development Accounts (CDAs)-asset-building accounts created for children at birth-on the depressive symptoms of mothers in a statewide randomized experiment conducted in the United States. The experiment identified the primary caregivers of children born in Oklahoma during 2007, and 2704 of the caregivers completed a baseline interview before random assignment to the treatment (n = 1358) or the control group (n = 1346)."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Washington University, "To treatment participants, the experiment offered CDAs built on the existing Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan. The baseline and follow-up surveys measured the participants' depressive symptoms with a shortened version of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D). In models that control for baseline CES-D scores, the mean follow-up score of treatment mothers is .17 lower than that of control mothers (p < .05). Findings suggest that CDAs have a greater impact among subsamples that reported lower income or lower education. Although designed as an economic intervention for children, CDAs may improve parents' psychological well-being."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Findings also suggest that CDAs' impacts on maternal depressive symptoms may be partially mediated through children's social-emotional development."

For more information on this research see: Impacts of Child Development Accounts on maternal depressive symptoms: Evidence from a randomized statewide policy experiment. Social Science & Medicine, 2014;112():30-38. Social Science & Medicine can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Social Science & Medicine - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/315)

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from J. Huang, Washington University, Brown Sch Social Work, St Louis, MO 63130, United States. Additional authors for this research include M. Sherraden and J.Q. Purnell (see also Health and Medicine).

Keywords for this news article include: Missouri, St. Louis, United States, Health and Medicine, North and Central America

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