Racial and Ethnic Differences in Prenatal Life Stress and Postpartum Depression Symptoms

Published:November 13, 2015DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnu.2015.11.002

      Abstract

      This study determined the risk of core depression symptoms based on life stress domains during pregnancy and whether stressors varied by race/ethnicity. The sample consisted of 2,344 White, African American, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Massachusetts women who recently gave birth. African Americans and Hispanics who endorsed high relational and high financial stress were more likely to report high depressed mood and loss of interest; high physical stress was associated with high depressed mood among API. Screening based on life stress domains may be informative in determining risk for core depression symptoms during the postpartum period especially for minority groups.
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