Post-partum depression in immigrant mothers: A review of the literature

Simona Di Folco, Giulio Cesare Zavattini

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This review investigates post-partum depression (PPD) in immigrants and refugees and possible barriers which may influence their help seeking behavior. For the bibliographical research, Psych-Info and Medline online databases were used, considering the period between 2004 and identifying 51 articles. Findings suggested: 1) peculiarity of needs and risk factors for PPD among immigrants; 2) the specificity of underlined and not so much studied cultural factors; 3) paucity of studies concerning social support in help seeking behavior; and finally 4) need of future research about their perceptions, social support and barriers to help seeking in order to plan possible strategies and programs of intervention.
Key words: post-partum depression, refugees, immigrants, social support, not help seeking behavior.
Translated title of the contributionPost-partum depression in immigrant mothers: A review of the literature
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)55
Number of pages85
JournalMaltrattamento e Abuso all’Infanzia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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