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Barriers and Facilitators of Social Supports for Immigrant and Refugee Women Coping With Postpartum Depression

O'Mahony, Joyce Maureen PhD, RN; Donnelly, Tam Truong PhD, RN; Bouchal, Shelley Raffin PhD, RN; Este, David PhD

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3182626137
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An emerging concern for health care providers is how to assist immigrant and refugee women adapt to a new milieu and to cope with postpartum depression (PPD). Thirty women were interviewed to find out their perspective on what factors influence their help-seeking behavior and decision making about postpartum care and what strategies would be helpful in PPD prevention and treatment. Findings reveal that (a) social support networks can be supportive or nonsupportive with widespread effects on physical and psychological health and well-being; (b) cultural background and socioeconomic factors influence seeking support; (c) health care relationship was viewed a critical determinant to seek and accept help for PPD.

Thirty women were interviewed to find out their perspective on what factors influence their help seeking behavior and decision-making about postpartum care and what strategies would be helpful in postpartum depression (PPD) prevention and treatment. Findings reveal: (a) social support networks can be supportive or non-supportive with effects on physical and psychological health (b) cultural background and socioeconomic factors influence seeking support (c) health care relationship was viewed a critical determinant to seek and accept help for PPD. www.advancesinnursingscience.com

Faculty of Nursing (Drs O'Mahony, Donnelly, and Bouchal), Department of Community Health Science, Faculty of Medicine (Dr Donnelly), and Faculty of Social Work in Calgary (Dr Este), University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Correspondence: Joyce Maureen O'Mahony, RN, PhD, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (jmomahon@ucalgary.ca).

This study was financially supported by the Alberta Heritage Foundation of Medical Research (AHFMR) for the Doctoral Mental Health Studentship Award and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) for the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Graduate Doctoral Award.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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