Learning Objective 1: identify the risk factors and related variables to postpartum depression in a group of diverse,low-income pregnant women.
Learning Objective 2: contrast the relationship between sociodemographic variables, depression, postpartum depression, self esteem, parental efficacy and stress for a diverse low-income population during the perinatal period.
Methods: A descriptive, correlational design was used and incorporated both qualitative and quantitative research methods. A convenience sample of sixty mothers were surveyed during the third trimester of their pregnancy and again between 6-12 weeks following delivery. Focus groups were used to explore perceptions and experiences during the perinatal period. In addition, participants completed a Demographic Questionnaire, Beck Depression Inventory, Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, General Self-Efficacy Scale, Stress Scale, Maternal Confidence Questionnaire, and the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support.
Results: Data collection is complete and results are pending completion of the data analysis.
Conclusion: Conclusions pending completion of the data analysis.