Health-related stress, affect, and depressive symptoms experienced by caregiving mothers of adults with a developmental disability

Rachel Pruchno, Suzanne Meeks

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The interrelationships among health-related stress, positive and negative affect, and depressive symptoms patterned in the dynamic model of affect (J. Reich, A. Zautra, & M. Davis, 2003) were examined using data from 932 women having an adult child with a developmental disability. Results indicate that women experience a moderate inverse correlation between positive and negative affect under conditions of low levels of health-related stress, whereas at high levels of stress, positive and negative affect become more strongly inversely correlated. Under high-stress conditions, both negative affect and positive affect have a stronger relationship to depressive symptoms than they do under low-stress conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-401
Number of pages8
JournalPsychology and Aging
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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