Katherine Leah Wisner Feinberg School of Medicine, Feinberg Clinical, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Katherine Leah Wisner

    Feinberg School of Medicine
    Feinberg Clinical
    Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Current Appointments:

    Professor; Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Feinberg School of Medicine

    Professor; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Feinberg School of Medicine

    Norman and Helen Asher Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Faculty Affairs; Feinberg School of Medicine

Research Interest Keywords

Depression, Pharmacology, Psychiatry, Women's Health, Women's Health; Women's Reproductive Health

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Perinatal depression treatment preferences among Latina mothers

Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo; Katherine L. Wisner; Rachel M. Burns; Diego Chaves-Gnecco

(Profiled Author: Katherine Leah Wisner)

Qualitative Health Research. 2014;24(2):232-241.


The study described here was designed to determine treatment preferences among Latinas to identify treatment options that meet their needs and increase their engagement. Focus group interviews were conducted with 22 prenatal and postpartum Latinas at risk for depression. The group interviews were conducted in Spanish and English using a standardized interview protocol. Focus group transcripts were analyzed to identify themes regarding perinatal depression coping strategies, preferred approaches to treating perinatal depression, and recommendations for engaging perinatal Latinas in treatment. The results suggest that Latinas' treatment preferences consist of a pathway (i.e., hierarchical) approach that begins with the use of one's own resources, followed by the use of formal support systems (e.g., home-visiting nurse), and supplemented with the use of behavioral therapy. Antidepressant use was judged to be acceptable only in severe cases or after delivery. The data indicate that to increase health-seeking behaviors among perinatal Latinas, practitioners should first build trust. © The Author(s) 2014.

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