Online Program

Assessing postpartum depression among low-income mothers: Culture, race, and ethnicity

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Robert H. Keefe, PhD, ACSW, LMSW, School of Social Work, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
Carol Brownstein-Evans, PhD, LMSW, ACSW, Social Work, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY
Many new mothers across cultural, racial, ethnic, and income groups experience stress, anxiety, worry, depression, and sleep deprivation during the perinatal period. Often, these new mothers assume their struggles are normal for motherhood and reasonable responses to personal, family, and social issues. Many mothers find it difficult to share their feelings with family, partners, friends, and healthcare professionals, and may fear their child will be taken away from them if they seek social work services. These circumstances can lead to mothers under-reporting their symptoms of postpartum depression. This poster presentation addresses both the common and the unique experiences of diverse groups of mothers and identifies appropriate screening tools social workers can use to assess postpartum depression between and among diverse populations. Public health professionals will benefit by this presentation in providing services to diverse populations of new mothers including immigrant and refugee populations.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe common risk factors for postpartum depression across cultural, racial, and ethnic groups. Describe categories of risk factors needing special considerations when working with diverse racial and ethnic groups. List of appropriate assessment tools for postpartum depression

Keyword(s): Perinatal Health, Depression

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract author because I have worked as a public health social worker since 1985 and have conducted research on public health social work since 1996.
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.