Adverse effect of high migration stress on mental health during pregnancy: a case report

Author(s): Vanessa LECOMPTE ; Zoé RICHARD-FORTIER ; Cécile ROUSSEAU

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00737-016-0671-z

Abstract

Despite empirical evidence on the numerous consequences associated with high migration stress and mental health problems during pregnancy, a psychosocial stress assessment is rarely done, leaving it largely unaddressed. This case illustration sheds light on the common multiple risk factors related to migration stress that have to be taken into consideration when addressing perinatal mental health, and highlights the importance of obstetric appointments as a unique opportunity to assess psychosocial stress and mobilize interdisciplinary interventions.

Keywords

Pregnancy, Immigration, Mental health, Stress, Social support

Tags: Canada, South Asia, Women, Pregnancy, Perinatal, Stressful life event, Anxiety, Social isolation, Psychological distress, Immigration, Social support

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