Pregnant African American Women 's Attitudes Toward Perinatal Depression Prevention

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I. Introduction: My research topic is “Pregnant African American Women’s Attitudes toward perinatal depression prevention”. I think it is important because it is not uncommon for women to go through depression either right before the child is born or after the child is born. My question for this is why would you seek or not seek perinatal depression prevention. II. Literature Review: Perinatal depression is common in pregnancies whether regardless of race. Although, it is higher among African American low income women. Depression or anxiety during pregnancy, stressful recent life events, poor social support and a previous history of depression are all predictors of postpartum depression. (Stewart, D.E., Robertson, E., Dennis, G.L., Grace, S.L. & Wallington, T. 2003) Childcare stress, low self-esteem, maternal neuroticism, and difficult infant temperament are moderate predictors of postpartum depression.( Stewart, D.E., Robertson, E., Dennis, G.L., Grace, S.L. & Wallington, T. 2003) Obstetric and pregnancy complications, negative cognitive attributions, single marital status, poor relationship with partner, and lower socioeconomic status including income are small predicators of post-partum depression. (Stewart, D.E., Robertson, E., Dennis, G.L., Grace, S.L. & Wallington, T. 2003) If we can prevent perinatal to avoid adverse effects on both the mother and child, there is evidence that preventive intentions are efficacious for perinatal depression. The research
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