Date of Graduation

Summer 8-17-2016

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Kathy Raffel

Second Advisor

Dr. Nancy Selix


This literature review was conducted to gather the published information on the topic of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in the Latina population in the United States. Academic databases were searched for articles published between 2005 and 2016. 60 articles were considered, and a final sample of 36 articles and websites was included in this review.

Evidence suggests that Latina women in the perinatal period (pregnant and up to one year postpartum) in the United States of America tend to have a higher risk and incidence of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders than White women, and a higher risk and incidence of mental health issues in general. This may be due to lower general socioeconomic status, lower access to and usage of mental health services, cultural stigma, and lack of knowledge on the part of health practitioners about differences in cultural presentations of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. More targeted research on the topic of culturally and linguistically sensitive assessment for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMD) is needed in the fields of nursing, medicine, psychology, public health, and social work.