Self-efficacy and the promotion of health for depressed single mothers

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Single mothers are a vulnerable population at risk for poor mental and physical health. This paper discusses the mental and physical health of single mothers, as well as the psychosocial and socioeconomic risk factors placing single mothers at risk for poor health outcomes. Some of these include, gender, income level, educational status, social support, stress and certain personality characteristics. Theoretical models with the potential to explore ways to promote health in depressed single mothers will also be presented. The paper concludes with the application of these models to primary prevention and the promotion of health for single mothers along with recommendations for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-168
Number of pages14
JournalMental Health in Family Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


  • Health outcomes
  • Health promotion
  • Single mothers


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