Perceptions of Postpartum Depression among Adolescent Mothers and the Social Construction of Related Stigma

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Six serial focus groups were used to explore the perceptions of postpartum depression among nine adolescent mothers. The discussions were tape recorded, transcribed and analyzed using symbolic interaction theory, specifically Goffman's concept of stigma. Participants identified major stigma themes in relation to postpartum depression, teenage pregnancy and motherhood, all of which were portrayed negatively in the media. Several key causes of adolescent postpartum depression were also found including self esteem relating to poor body image and social support. The findings indicate a much needed change in the way adolescent mothers are identified and treated for postpartum depression. Additionally, the importance ... continued below

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Gosdin, Melissa M. December 2005.

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Six serial focus groups were used to explore the perceptions of postpartum depression among nine adolescent mothers. The discussions were tape recorded, transcribed and analyzed using symbolic interaction theory, specifically Goffman's concept of stigma. Participants identified major stigma themes in relation to postpartum depression, teenage pregnancy and motherhood, all of which were portrayed negatively in the media. Several key causes of adolescent postpartum depression were also found including self esteem relating to poor body image and social support. The findings indicate a much needed change in the way adolescent mothers are identified and treated for postpartum depression. Additionally, the importance of social support in preventing and treating adolescent postpartum depression is highlighted and programs addressing such concerns must be implemented.

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Gosdin, Melissa M. Perceptions of Postpartum Depression among Adolescent Mothers and the Social Construction of Related Stigma, thesis, December 2005; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc4916/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .