Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)
Major depressive disorder is one of the most common mental health illnesses in America. In this study, I examine pooled data for years 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (n=124,796) in order to determine the causes of major depressive disorder. This study examines the relationship between demographic variables, Medicaid benefits, government aid, and health insurance coverage with major depression disorder by using logit regression analysis. A major depressive disorder episode within the last year is found to be positively correlated with receiving Medicaid benefits, government aid participation, and having a time of no health insurance coverage within the last year. Demographic links to depression are found to be being male, multiracial, belonging to a low socioeconomic class, and not being married. These findings are found using robust standard errors and statistically significant.
Date of Award
Department of Economics
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2017 - Taylor Lillian Fox
Fox, Taylor Lillian, "Major depressive disorder in adults: Determining demographic causes and links between health insurance and government aid" (2017). Honors Program Theses. 268.