Effects of Maternal Depression on Social Interactions

Corman, Hope; Noonan, Kelly; Reichman, Nancy E
March 2014
Eastern Economic Journal;Spring2014, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p226
Academic Journal
We estimate the effects of a shock in mental health - postpartum depression - on the mother's social interactions 1-3 years after her child's birth. We address the potential endogeneity of depression by establishing the temporal ordering of events, incorporating rich control variables, conducting falsification tests, and estimating two-stage models. We find no evidence that postpartum depression affects social interactions - as characterized by participation in various types of community organizations and regular religious attendance - during the child's third year of life, although it may cause a short-lived decline in social interactions in the first year.


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