Daily and cultural issues of postnatal depression in African women immigrants in South East London: tips for health professionals
Babatunde, Titilayo and Moreno-Leguizamon, Carlos Julio (2012) Daily and cultural issues of postnatal depression in African women immigrants in South East London: tips for health professionals. Nursing Research and Practice:181640. ISSN 2090-1429 (Print), 2090-1437 (Online)
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Postnatal depression has profound effects on the quality of life, social functioning and economic productivity of women and families. This article presents the findings of an earlier exploration of the perception of postnatal depression in African women immigrants in South East London. The aims of this research were twofold: firstly, to establish cultural elements related to postnatal depression through women’s narratives regarding their daily life situations, including the nuances and complexities present in postnatal depression, and secondly, to help health professionals understand and acknowledge postnatal depression signs in these immigrant women and some of the cultural ambiguities surrounding them. The study used a qualitative approach mainly through the implementation of two focus groups. Thematic analysis of the women’s narratives suggested that almost half of the participants in the study struggle with some signs of postnatal depression. The women did not perceive the signs as related to illness but as something else in their daily lives, i.e. the notion “that you have to get on with it”. The study also highlights the fact that the signs were not identified by health visitors, despite prolonged contact with the women, due to the lack of acknowledgement of women’s silence regarding their emotional struggle, household and family politics and intercultural communication in health services.
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||cultural issues, postnatal depression, African women immigrants, South East London, health professionals|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine|
R Medicine > RT Nursing
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Health & Social Care|
Faculty of Education & Health > School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Health Development
Faculty of Education & Health > School of Health & Social Care > Department of Health Development
|Last Modified:||31 Jul 2014 16:56|
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