The Relationship of Employment Status, Social Support, and Life Events with Depressive Symptomatology among Married Turkish Women

Authors:
Gonca Boyacıoglu, A. Nuray Karancı
Published Online:
27 Sep 2007
DOI:
10.1080/00207599208246866
Pages:
61–71
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 27 Issue 1

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The present study investigated the predictive power of employment status, husband's and friends' social support and number of life‐events on the levels of depressive symptomatology as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory among married Turkish women. Husband's support and number of life‐events appeared as significant predictors of depression, whereas employment status did not. The results also showed that subjects reporting negative life‐events rated by external judges to be relatively independent of individual perception had higher depression scores than subjects not reporting any of these events. The results were discussed with reference to the status of women in Turkey and the possible socio‐cultural variables that might have contributed to the differences between the results obtained from Turkish and Western samples.

Cette étude a tenté de prévoir, chez les femmes turques, le rôle du statut d'emploi, du support social du mari et des amis, et des événements récents de la vie, sur les niveaux de la symptomatologie dépressive, mesurés par l'Inventaire de Dépression de Beck. Le support du mari et les événements de la vie sont apparus comme des signes annonciateurs significatifs de la dépression, alors que le statut d'emploi n'a pas été perçu comme un signe annonciateur significatif. Les résultats sont discutés en référence au statut de la femme en Turquie et en fonction des variables socio‐culturelles qui ont pu contribuer à la différence entre les résultats obtenus dans les échantillons turcs et occidentaux.

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