196533 A Culturally Relevant and Responsive Approach to Screening for Perinatal Depression

Monday, November 9, 2009

Melisande Leland Handrick, MPH , St. Louis County Department of Health, Clayton, MO
Sarah Kye Price, PhD, MSW , School of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
A Culturally Relevant and Responsive Approach

to Screening for Perinatal Depression will be published in Spring 2009 in Reseach on Social Work Practice. This study presents the design, implementation, and evaluation of a culturally relevant and responsive approach to screening for perinatal depression in low-income, predominantly African American women. The study details the development of the community-informed instrument and subsequent evaluation of its psychometric properties relative to one specific community sample (N=139). The initial validity and reliability testing of the community-informed instrument reveal a higher internal consistency than the standardized instrument alone (alpha=.87 vs. .80). Subsequent factor analysis and inter-item correlation suggest consistency between most of the community-informed and CES-D items. While limited in scope to the community sample, the study reflects the perceived benefit of integrating community voice to enhance culturally relevant and empirically rigorous practice.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to: 1) Describe how community-inclusive research enhances services for those at highest risk for poor birth outcomes 2) Understand the how low-income minority women may expreience and express depressive symptoms differently from what is included in standard screening tools. 3) Articulate a process through which evidence- based screening tools may be made more relevant , responsive, and rigorous through community voice and objective evaluation.

Keywords: Community Collaboration, Depression

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I co-authored an article by the same title to be published in Sprin 2009 in the journal Research on Social Work Practice. I led the design of the screener that we will be discussing, and facilitated the process by which the screening and evaluation were conducted.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.