Mental Health Literacy of Maternal and Paternal Postnatal Depression in a Community Sample of Romanian Adults

Swami, Viren, Vintila, Mona, Goian, Cosmin, Tudorel, Otilia and Bucur, Venera (2020) Mental Health Literacy of Maternal and Paternal Postnatal Depression in a Community Sample of Romanian Adults. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, 9 (3). pp. 147-158. ISSN 2157-3891

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Postnatal depression affects a large proportion of Romanian parents, but no existing research has examining knowledge of postnatal depression in Romanian adults. To rectify this, we examined the ability of Romanian adults to correctly identify cases of maternal and paternal postnatal depression, as well as attitudes towards cases of postnatal depression. A total of 1,248 Romanian adults were presented with vignettes describing cases of maternal or paternal postnatal depression. Based on the vignettes, participants were asked to report if they thought anything was wrong with the targets and, if so, to describe what they thought was wrong. Participants also rated the targets on a several attitudinal dimensions. Participants were more likely to indicate that something was wrong when the target was female (67.9%) compared to male (46.4%). Of those who believed something was wrong, 57.7% of participants correctly described the female target as experiencing postnatal depression, but only 37.1% did so for the male target. Women held significantly more positive attitudes toward the targets than men, particularly when the target was female. Mental health literacy of postnatal depression appears to be poor in Romanian adults compared to other national groups, especially in the case of paternal postnatal depression.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Maternal postnatal depression, Paternal postnatal depression, Mental health literacy, Symptom recognition, Depression
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2020 11:41
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:53

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