Maintaining and losing Control: Exploring Perinatal Mental Health Experiences of UK-born Women of Colour and White British Women.
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Mental health is affected by social determinants such as ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status and so on. There is an increased risk to mental health during the perinatal period. The research on how this is stratified across socioeconomic status and ethnicity is mixed.
The aim of this study was to explore the perinatal mental health experiences of demographically similar UK-born women of colour (WOC) and white British women (WBW).
The qualitative study used in-depth interviews and a short questionnaire. 6 participants, 3 who were UK-born WOC and 3 who were WBW. Qualitative content analysis was used.
This study found no discernible differences in the mental health experiences of demographically similar UK-born WOC and WBW. Their experiences are summed up with the overarching theme ‘Maintaining and Losing Control’; with three categories within this theme: ‘Losing Control’; ‘Actions to Maintain Control’ and ‘Motivations for Sharing or Hiding’.
The theory of locus of control was used to explore how having an internal locus of control affected the mental health experiences of the participants over the perinatal period. The theory of acculturation is used to explore the lack of difference in experiences of the two groups of participants.
This study used an inductive process throughout which allowed for the exploration of the perinatal mental health experiences of UK-born WOC and WBW. The participants were socially and demographically similar which adds credibility to the findings of this research, though the relative privilege of the participants limits the transferability of the results to other populations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 52 p.
Centre for Public Health Report Series, ISSN 1651-341x ; 2016:44
Perinatal mental health, UK-born Women of colour, white British Women
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-131717OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-131717DiVA: diva2:1075456
Master's Programme in Public Health (one-year)
2016-10-25, Umeå Universitet, Umeå, 10:37 (English)
Hurtig, Anna-Karin, Professor
Lindholm, Lars, Professor