Postpartum depression (PPD) is a major disabling mood disorder that affects women during childbearing years. The purpose of this literature review is to identify the prevalence and risk factors for PPD among immigrant women in industrialized countries and compare it with prevalence and risk factors for PPD among Arab women in their home countries. 26 studies, published between 1995 and 2013 have been included. In this review, prevalence of PPD among Arab women in their countries ranged 10–37 %, and the prevalence of PPD among immigrant women in industrialized countries ranged 11.2–60 %. Lack of social support, stressful life events, low income, and intimate partner violence were risk factors associated with development of PPD among both Arab women and immigrant women. Immigration stress and lack of access to health care services were found among immigrant women. Lack of social support was more predominant in studies on immigrant women.
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Alhasanat, D., Fry-McComish, J. Postpartum Depression Among Immigrant and Arabic Women: Literature Review. J Immigrant Minority Health 17, 1882–1894 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-015-0165-5