Psychiatric Disorders

By: Afifi, Tracie O., Cox, Brian J., and Murray W. Enns.

These researchers analyze data from the US National Comorbidity Survey and find that the proportion of married mothers who exhibit psychiatric disorders relative to separated or divorced mothers is smaller: 43% smaller for anxious-misery disorders, 39% smaller for depression, 53% smaller for dysthymia, 33% smaller for general anxiety disorder, 63% smaller for posttraumatic stress disorder, 32% smaller for agoraphobia, and 73% smaller for antisocial personality traits.

Mental health profiles among married, never-married, and separated/divorced mothers in a nationally representative sample. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 41 (2): 122-9.