An Exploratory Analysis of Intimate Partner Violence and Postpartum Depression in an Impoverished Urban Population
Research on the relationship between intimate partner violence (IPV) and postpartum depression (PPD) is limited. Numerous antecedents and consequences of both IPV and PPD are noted in the literature; however, understanding the mechanisms by which intimate partner violence impacts the postpartum mood are not clearly understood. This study utilized retrospective chart reviews from a pediatric/perinatal social work outreach program to explore urban minority women experiences with IPV and depression both during pregnancy and after. Findings do not suggest a direct relationship between IPV and PPD; however, there was a high co-occurrence of prenatal depression and PPD. The severity of IPV appears to influence the occurrence and acuity of prenatal depression suggesting an indirect relationship. Implications for health and social work practitioners are discussed.
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