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2012 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

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Post-Partum Depression in Latina Mothers

Post-Partum Depression in Latina Mothers Postpartum depression (PPD) is a mental health disorder that has negative impacts on the mother, her infant, and intimate and social relationships. The majority of research on postpartum depression has been conducted among Caucasian women. Moreover, there has been little research on PPD with women of color, and even less research with Latina women conducted in their native language. This qualitative study used focus groups conducted in the Spanish language with new Latina mothers recruited from several health care centers. Participants were over the age of 18 and had children ages 12 months and older. Preliminary findings identified key themes regarding women’s experiences with symptoms related to postpartum depression, social and family supports, and advice to health care providers treating Latina women. The presentation concludes with recommendations for practitioners regarding prevention and intervention services for Latina mother who experience symptoms of PPD.

Presenters: Yanelly Merced (Greater Rochester Collaborative Program Masters of Social Work) -- ymerc1@brockport.edu
Jose Rivera (Greater Rochester Collaborative Program Masters of Social Work) --
Kathy Romero (Greater Rochester Collaborative Program Masters of Social Work) --
Topic: Social Work - Panel
Location: 125 Hartwell
Time: 3:15 pm (Session IV)

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