Ethnicity and prenatal depression: Women's experiences and perspectives on communicating about their emotions and feelings during pregnancy

Betsy Sleath, Suzanne West, Gail Tudor, Krista Perreira, Valerie King, Joseph Morrissey

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Abstract

The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between ethnicity, the presence of moderate to severe symptoms of depression, and communication about emotions and feelings during prenatal visits. The purpose was also to describe women's perceptions of the barriers to communicating with providers, family, and friends about their emotions or feelings and how to overcome these barriers. Seventy-three women were recruited and interviewed by a bilingual research assistant between June and September 2002 after a prenatal visit occurring between 12- and 32-week gestation. Nineteen percent of women screened as having moderate to severe symptoms of depression. Quality of social relationships had a significant negative relationship with whether women had moderate to severe symptoms of depression. Almost 29% of women reported discussing their emotions or feelings with their providers and this did not differ significantly by ethnicity. Women who discussed their emotions or feelings with their providers did have significantly higher scores on the Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) than those who did not. Thirty-four percent of women stated that there were barriers to expectant or new mothers communicating with their providers. Women who felt that there were barriers to expectant or new mothers discussing their emotions with their providers did have significantly higher BDI-II scores than those women who did not. Thirty-seven percent of women believed that there were barriers to expectant or new mothers communicating with their family about their emotions. Women felt that providers and families could try to develop trust with them and try to make them feel more comfortable discussing their feelings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-40
Number of pages6
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Volume58
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Depression
  • Ethnicity
  • Prenatal visits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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