Prenatal and Postpartum Depression Among Low-Income Dominican and Puerto Rican Women

Luis H. Zayas, Katherine R B Jankowski, Melissa D. McKee

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Abstract

This longitudinal study examined depression symptoms among pregnant, low-income, urban Latinas, primarily Puerto Ricans and Dominicans, receiving obstetrical services in community health centers. In all, 106 women were interviewed in late pregnancy, 47 were interviewed again 2 to 3 weeks postpartum, and 42 three months postpartum. Elevated levels of depressive symptoms were evident in 53% of the original sample. Across time, depressive symptoms decreased significantly; however, a decreased score was strongly related to number of negative life events. Social support scores were minimally related to depressive symptomatology. Service recommendations based on these findings include conducting third-trimester assessments of life events experienced during the past year and screening for depression to better identify women at risk of late pregnancy to postpartum-persistent depressive symptoms. More research and clinical attention on dysphoric states in pregnant Latinas and understanding the consequences of impaired perinatal mental health on maternal well-being and infant outcomes are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-385
Number of pages16
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2003

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Keywords

  • Life events
  • Perinatal depression
  • Pregnancy
  • Primary care
  • Social support

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  • Psychology(all)

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Prenatal and Postpartum Depression Among Low-Income Dominican and Puerto Rican Women. / Zayas, Luis H.; Jankowski, Katherine R B; McKee, Melissa D.

In: Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 25, No. 3, 08.2003, p. 370-385.

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Zayas, Luis H. ; Jankowski, Katherine R B ; McKee, Melissa D. / Prenatal and Postpartum Depression Among Low-Income Dominican and Puerto Rican Women. In: Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. 2003 ; Vol. 25, No. 3. pp. 370-385.
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