African American and Latina Mothers Living with Postpartum Depression


This project will potentially help provide new mothers with information on the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression and services within the region, as well as help health providers to provide more culturally sensitive services and help agencies with new data they can use to write grants for improved services.

Employing a feminist standpoint and qualitative research methods, the researchers seek to understand mothers from the mothers’ own viewpoints. By examining the experiences of low-income African American and Latina mothers who may be unmarried or single will to add to the present body of literature that has focused narrowly on White women. Feminist perspectives inform all of our methodological decisions from focusing on mothers’ lives to viewing mothers as producers of their own knowledge; examining the intersecting inequalities of race, class and gender; employing qualitative methods; attending to our locations as researchers and our relationships with the participants; and making a difference in mothers’ lives.

Principal Investigator: Robert H. Keefe
Funding Source: The New York Community Trust
Funding Period: Nov. 1, 2013 - Oct. 31, 2015
Funding Amount: $11,689