Perinatal depression treatment preferences among Latina mothers

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

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-241
Number of pages10
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • Latino / Hispanic people
  • depression
  • focus groups
  • mothers, mothering
  • perinatal health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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