January/February 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 1 - Contributor Index

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Racial Discrimination and Psychological Wellbeing of Pregnant Women

Giurgescu, Carmen; Zenk, Shannon N.; Engeland, Christopher G.; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(1):8-13, January/February 2017.

African American women are more likely to be exposed to racial discrimination and to experience psychological distress compared with white women. This study evaluated social support for its potential buffering effect on racial discrimination as related to psychological wellbeing in pregnant African American women.

Racial Discrimination and Psychological Wellbeing of Pregnant Women

Giurgescu, Carmen; Zenk, Shannon N.; Engeland, Christopher G.; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(1):8-13, January/February 2017.

African American women are more likely to be exposed to racial discrimination and to experience psychological distress compared with white women. This study evaluated social support for its potential buffering effect on racial discrimination as related to psychological wellbeing in pregnant African American women.

The Built Environment and Birth Outcomes: A Systematic Review

Nowak, Alexandra L.; Giurgescu, Carmen

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(1):14-20, January/February 2017.

A poor-quality built environment may be related to negative birth outcomes such as preterm birth and low birthweight infants by increasing psychological stress and/or depressive symptoms for pregnant women. African American women are more likely to live in poor-quality built environments compared with white women and therefore may be at greater risk.

Acculturation and Postpartum Depressive Symptoms among Hispanic Women in the United States: Systematic Review

Alhasanat, Dalia; Giurgescu, Carmen

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(1):21-28, January/February 2017.

Higher levels of acculturation may be related to higher risk of postpartum depressive symptoms in Hispanic women living in the United States. Nurses should have an understanding of the stressors of immigrant women to guide their assessment and screening for postpartum depressive symptoms and make appropriate referrals.