Thesis Title

Identifying risk factors for Postpartum depression within the Latina

Graduation Date


Document Type

Senior Thesis


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Primary Major


Program Director

Andrea Boyle, PhD, FNAP

Thesis Advisor

Patricia Harris, PhD



Culture influences the perceptions of the woman's role in parenthood. Women who are concerned that they do not meet the cultural expectations may feel stigmatized. Parenthood has a profound impact on the lives of women. Still, that impact is enhanced or exacerbated by the act of childbirth due to the flood of hormones that accompany the dramatic physiological changes. Not only does a mother need to adjust to a new member of the family, but she is challenged to cope with her emotional, mental, and physical state after giving birth. After labor, a mental disorder that can develop is postpartum depression (PPD). Women who suffer from PPD encounter symptoms of depression while facing the challenges of motherhood. It is imperative to recognize the risk factors that influence PPD. Latina women are at high risk for PPD due to the strong cultural influences that surround the woman's role.

Identifying the causes of PPD can improve support and care. As healthcare providers, we can advocate for mothers suffering from PPD, enhancing their lives and the lives of these families and Latina mothers. This thesis contains a literature review summarizing seven recent studies exploring the phenomenon of PPD in Latina women who have given birth. Based on the findings in the research literature, a future research is proposed to examine an intervention designed to provide social support for Latina mothers who experience PPD intending to improve outcomes for this population.

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