We examined the association between postnatal depression (PND), acculturation and mother–infant bond among 38 Eritrean asylum seekers in Israel, who were within 6 months of delivery. Participants completed a survey in their native language. A high rate of women (81.6 %) met the clinical threshold for PND on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Higher severity of PND (partialr = −.64, p < .001), higher identification with Israeli culture (partialr = −.45, p = .02), and lower quality of romantic relationship were associated with impaired mother–infant bond (partialr = .58, p = .002). Findings highlight the need to establish services to screen and treat PND among this vulnerable population in the receiving countries.
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The study was supported by the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees)—Israel.
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Nakash, O., Nagar, M. & Lurie, I. The Association Between Postnatal Depression, Acculturation and Mother–Infant Bond Among Eritrean Asylum Seekers in Israel. J Immigrant Minority Health 18, 1232–1236 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-016-0348-8
- Asylum seekers
- Postnatal depression