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2012 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

Session I - Session II - Session III - Session IV

Perinatal Mood Disorders in African American and Latina Women

There has been little research on African American or Latina women and their experiences with postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders. This qualitative study explored stress, worry, anxiety, sadness, depression, and lack of sleep, along with other stressors among mothers who are of African American and Latina decent, gleaning perspectives from focus groups. The research is based on feminist theory and the power women have in telling their experiences. The study sample consisted of approximately 30 African American and/or Latina mothers, who were 18 years of age or older, with a child over the age of 12 months. Participants for focus groups were recruited from several local health care centers. Women also completed the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Major themes included how women experienced symptoms of stress, anxiety, sadness, depression, and related feelings and emotional states, what help they sought and received to cope with these feelings, and what advice they have for providers caring for women experiencing these symptoms. Recommendations are included for health care providers and agency practices related to prevention and intervention with postpartum depression with women of color.

Presenters: Khadijah Abdullah (GRC Program) --
Carrie Bihl (GRC Program) --
Chantieria Gadson (GRC Program) --
Julie Miller (GRC Program) --
Christina Molinero (GRC Program) --
Topic: Social Work - Panel
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 9:30 am (Session I)