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The impact of migration on women’s mental health in the postpartum period

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Title
The impact of migration on women’s mental health in the postpartum period
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Revista de Saúde Pública, June 2016
DOI 10.1590/s1518-8787.2016050005617
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Almeida, Lígia Moreira, Costa-Santos, Cristina, Caldas, José Peixoto, Dias, Sónia, Ayres-de-Campos, Diogo, Almeida, Lígia Moreira, Costa-Santos, Cristina, Caldas, José Peixoto, Dias, Sónia, Ayres-de-Campos, Diogo

Abstract

To assess the influence of I mmigration on the psychological health of women after childbirth. In this cross-sectional study, immigrant and Portuguese-native women delivering in the four public hospitals of the metropolitan area of Porto, Portugal, were contacted by telephone between February and December 2012 during the first postpartum month to schedule a home visit and fill in a questionnaire. Most immigrant (76.1%) and Portuguese mothers (80.0%) agreed to participate and with the visits, thus a total of 89 immigrants and 188 Portuguese women were included in the study. The questionnaire included the application of four validated scales: Mental Health Inventory-5, Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale, Perceived Stress Scale, and Scale of Satisfaction with Social Support. Statistical analysis included t-test and Chi-square or Fisher's test, and logistic regression models. Immigrants had an increased risk of postpartum depression (OR = 6.444, 95%CI 1.858-22.344), and of low satisfaction with social support (OR = 6.118, 95%CI 1.991-18.798). We did not perceive any associations between migrant state, perceived stress, and impoverished mental health. Immigrant mothers have increased vulnerabilities in the postpartum period, resulting in an increased risk of postpartum depression and lesser satisfaction with the received social support.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 118 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 20 17%
Student > Bachelor 14 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 9 8%
Researcher 8 7%
Other 19 16%
Unknown 35 30%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 21 18%
Medicine and Dentistry 19 16%
Psychology 14 12%
Social Sciences 12 10%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 3 3%
Other 14 12%
Unknown 35 30%