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Addressing Postpartum Depression in Refugees: Impact on Infants and the Role of Home Visiting Programs

Descrizione del progetto

Rifugiate che soffrono di depressione post partum

La depressione post partum (DPP) è il disturbo mentale dell’umore più comune che si verifica dopo il parto e condiziona la capacità della madre di prendersi cura del proprio figlio. Le donne rifugiate sono particolarmente colpite della DPP. Nonostante siano presenti programmi innovativi di visite a domicilio in molti paesi, l’argomento non è mai stato sottoposto alla ricerca scientifica. Il progetto REFUDEPRE, finanziato dall’UE, si propone di comprendere l’impatto esercitato dalla DPP sulle donne rifugiate e sui loro figli. Esso valuterà inoltre l’efficacia dei programmi di visite a domicilio condotti dal personale infermieristico nel fornire sostegno sia alle madri che ai figli dopo la nascita. L’analisi del database danese per la salute infantile e le interviste con il personale infermieristico e le donne rifugiate fungeranno da base per questa ricerca.

Obiettivo

REFUDEPRE will take a mixed-methods approach to understand the burden of postpartum depression on refugee women and their offspring and shed light on the role of home visiting programs lead by health nurses to support the mental health of refugees after giving birth.

Postpartum Depression (PPD) is the most common mental health disorder after birth, and refugee women are at increased risk of developing it. When untreated, PPD can interfere with the mother’s ability to care for her baby and thus impact the development of the child. However, no research to date has studied these links among refugees, who are also exposed to other social risk factors that affect both maternal and child health. Besides, few studies have investigated refugee mothers’ mental health needs after pregnancy, and evidence on psychosocial interventions that support such mental health needs is lacking. Building on the analysis of the Danish Child Health Database (CHD), and qualitative interviews to refugee and health nurses participating in the innovative Health Nurses Strengthen integration, the Danish home visiting program for refugee families, I will be able to fill these gaps. Given the increased flow of refugees in Europe, results will be both academically relevant and informative to the design of public health programs and policies aimed at reducing mental health inequalities in refugee groups.

I will significantly benefit from a placement at the Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity, and Health (MESU) at University of Copenhagen as it congregates experts in the field of immigrant and refugee health connected to a large network of international researchers and policymakers. With the support of the MSCA fellowship, I will also acquire skills in using large national and register databases and will be able to apply my expertise in qualitative methods to unpack the mental health benefits of home visiting for refugee women.

Coordinatore

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 219 312,00
Indirizzo
NORREGADE 10
1165 Kobenhavn
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Regione
Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Collegamenti
Costo totale
€ 219 312,00