Perceived Satisfaction With Social Support and Depressive Symptoms in Perinatal Latinas

  • Sheng X
  • le H
  • Perry D
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Abstract

PURPOSE: This study examined the relationship between satisfaction with social support and postpartum depressive symptoms in Latinas. DESIGN: A secondary data analysis of 62 women at "high risk" or "low risk" for postpartum depression (PPD) was conducted during pregnancy and at 1 month postpartum. RESULTS: High-risk Latinas were less satisfied with perceived perinatal support from the baby's father and postnatal support from family and "others." Dissatisfaction with postpartum support from the baby's father was associated with higher depressive symptoms. Conclusion: Dissatisfaction with certain sources of support is related to high risk for PPD. Practice: Health care providers should assess levels and sources of social support as part of their PPD screening.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Hispanic
  • Latinas
  • postpartum depression
  • social support

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