Title

Women's perspectives on postpartum depression screening in pediatric settings: a preliminary study

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry

Date

6-29-2013

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Depression, Postpartum; Mass Screening

Disciplines

Female Urogenital Diseases and Pregnancy Complications | Maternal and Child Health | Mental Disorders | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Psychiatry | Women's Health

Abstract

This preliminary study is the first to identify mothers' perspectives on barriers and facilitators to addressing postpartum depression (PPD) in pediatric settings. We conducted four 90-min focus groups with women (n = 27) who self-identified a history of perinatal depression and/or emotional complications. Barriers reported included stigma and fear among women and lack of provider knowledge/skills regarding depression. Participants recommended non-stigmatizing approaches to depression screening/referral. Future PPD screening efforts should leverage the pediatrician-mother relationship to mitigate mothers' fears and encourage help-seeking.

Comments

Citation: Arch Womens Ment Health. 2013 Jun 29. [Epub ahead of print] DOI 10.1007/s00737-013-0369-4. Link to article on publisher's website

Related Resources

Link to article in PubMed

PubMed ID

23812739