Postpartum Help-Seeking: The Role of Stigma and Mental Health Literacy

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Abstract

Background: Postpartum depression is the most common complication associated with child-bearing. The current study investigated attitudes toward professional psychological help-seeking and the effects of stigma and mental health literacy on postpartum women recruited from social media (N = 326). Method: Hierarchical linear regression was used to analyze the data and the interaction effect of stigma and mental health literacy. Results: Stigma was negatively associated with attitudes toward professional psychological help-seeking, while mental health literacy was positively associated with attitudes toward professional psychological help-seeking. The interaction effect was not statistically significant. The results yield implications for screening practices and reducing stigma for mental health care in the postpartum period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1030-1037
Number of pages8
JournalMaternal and Child Health Journal
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2022

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© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

Keywords

  • Help-seeking
  • Maternal health
  • Mental health literacy
  • Postpartum
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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