Title

Perinatal Depression in Low-Income Women: A Literature Review and Innovative Screening Approach

Published In

Sex and Gender Issues in Behavioral Health

Document Type

Citation

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Abstract

Purpose of Review

This paper reviews literature on perinatal depression prevalence, consequences, and screening among low-income women and women of color. We introduce the Warm Connections program’s innovative perinatal depression screening protocol and explore perinatal depression patterns among WIC participants.

Recent Findings

Perinatal depression negatively impacts maternal and child outcomes. Research shows mixed findings of perinatal depression prevalence rates among low-income women and women of color. The Warm Connections program supports the ability of WIC staff to administer the EPDS to WIC participants. Perinatal depression rates appeared lower in the Warm Connections program than in studies using less specific perinatal depression screening instruments with similar samples.

Summary

Future research should continue to explore perinatal depression patterns among low-income women and women of color. Partnering with community-based settings such as WIC provides innovative opportunities to provide screening, referral, and treatment for low income women and women of color.

Description

© 2019 Springer Nature Switzerland AG. Part of Springer Nature.

DOI

10.1007/s11920-019-1126-9

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/31058

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