Arab Muslim immigrant women encounter many stressors and are at risk for depression. Social supports from husbands, family and friends are generally considered mitigating resources for depression. However, changes in social support over time and the effects of such supports on depression at a future time period have not been fully addressed in the literature This thesis investigated the relationship between demographic characteristics, changes in social support, and depression in Arab Muslim immigrant women to the USA. A sample of 454 married Arab Muslim immigrant women provided demographic data, scores on social support variables and depression at three time periods approximately six months apart. Various statistical techniques at our disposal such as boxplots, response curves, descriptive statistics, ANOVA and ANCOVA, simple and multiple linear regressions have been used to see how various factors and variables are associated with changes in social support from husband, extended family and friend over time. Simple and multiple regression analyses are carried out to see if any variable observed at the time of first survey can be used to predict depression at a future time. Social support from husband and friend, husband's employment status and education, and depression at time one are found to be significantly associated with depression at time three. Finally, logistic regression analysis conducted for a binary depression outcome variable indicated that lower total social support and higher depression score of survey participants at the time of first survey increase their probability of being depressed at the time of third survey.
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Master of Science (M.S.)
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Blbas, Hazhar, "Statistical Analysis of Depression and Social Support Change in Arab Immigrant Women in USA" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4708.