Neighborhood Effects on PND Symptom Severity for Women Enrolled in a Home Visiting Program




David E. Jones, Mei Tang, Alonzo Folger, Robert T. Ammerman, Md Monir Hossain, Jodie Short, and Judith B. Van Ginkel

Brief Type

Journal publication


  • Healthy Families America (HFA)
  • Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)


The aim of this study was to investigate the association between postnatal depression (PND) symptoms severity and structural neighborhood characteristics among women enrolled in a home visiting program. The sample included 295 mothers who were at risk for developing PND, observed as 3-month Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) scores ≥ 10. Two neighborhood predictor components (residential stability and social disadvantage) were analyzed as predictors of PND symptom severity using a generalized estimating equation. Residential stability was negatively associated with PND symptom severity. Social disadvantage was not found to be statistically significant. The findings suggest that residential stability is associated with a reduction in PND symptom severity for women enrolled in home visiting program. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Program administrative record reviews
  • Standardized assessment tools



For More Information

Jones, D. E., Tang, M., Folger, A., Ammerman, R. T., Hossain, M. M., Short, J., & Van Ginkel,  B. V. (2018). Neighborhood effects on PND symptom severity for women enrolled in a home visiting program. Community Mental Health Journal, 54(4), 420–428. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-017-0175-y
Author Contact Information:
David E. Jones


  • Participant Characteristics