Depressive symptoms in the immediate postpartum period among Hispanic women in three U.S. cities.

Wen Hung Kuo, Tracey E. Wilson, Susan Holman, Elena Fuentes-Afflick, Mary Jo O'Sullivan, Howard Minkoff

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The aim of this was to examine rates and determinants of depressive symptomatology in the immediate postpartum period among Hispanic women in the United States. A total of 3952 Hispanic women who had delivered infants (parturients) were interviewed in postpartum wards in Miami, New York City and San Francisco. Symptoms of depression were regressed onto a series of social, psychological, and socioeconomic variables. Results showed that 42.6% of participants were probable cases of depression (CES-D > or = 16). Depression was negatively associated with perceived level of social support (adjusted OR = 0.59, 95% CI: 0.53-0.67) and health insurance coverage (adjusted OR = 0.68, 95% CI: 0.49-0.95), but not with the degree of acculturation or immigration status. It was found that depressive symptoms are common among Hispanic parturients. Pregnant Hispanic women should be carefully monitored for signs of depression and appropriate preventive measures are needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-153
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Immigrant Health
Volume6
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Hispanic Americans
Postpartum Period
Depression
Parturition
Acculturation
Insurance Coverage
San Francisco
Emigration and Immigration
Health Insurance
Social Support
Pregnant Women
Psychology

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology

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Kuo, W. H., Wilson, T. E., Holman, S., Fuentes-Afflick, E., O'Sullivan, M. J., & Minkoff, H. (2004). Depressive symptoms in the immediate postpartum period among Hispanic women in three U.S. cities. Journal of Immigrant Health, 6(4), 145-153.

Depressive symptoms in the immediate postpartum period among Hispanic women in three U.S. cities. / Kuo, Wen Hung; Wilson, Tracey E.; Holman, Susan; Fuentes-Afflick, Elena; O'Sullivan, Mary Jo; Minkoff, Howard.

In: Journal of Immigrant Health, Vol. 6, No. 4, 01.10.2004, p. 145-153.

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Kuo, WH, Wilson, TE, Holman, S, Fuentes-Afflick, E, O'Sullivan, MJ & Minkoff, H 2004, 'Depressive symptoms in the immediate postpartum period among Hispanic women in three U.S. cities.', Journal of Immigrant Health, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 145-153.
Kuo WH, Wilson TE, Holman S, Fuentes-Afflick E, O'Sullivan MJ, Minkoff H. Depressive symptoms in the immediate postpartum period among Hispanic women in three U.S. cities. Journal of Immigrant Health. 2004 Oct 1;6(4):145-153.
Kuo, Wen Hung ; Wilson, Tracey E. ; Holman, Susan ; Fuentes-Afflick, Elena ; O'Sullivan, Mary Jo ; Minkoff, Howard. / Depressive symptoms in the immediate postpartum period among Hispanic women in three U.S. cities. In: Journal of Immigrant Health. 2004 ; Vol. 6, No. 4. pp. 145-153.
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