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Study Probes Barriers To Mental Health Aid

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A new UCLA study explores the reasons why many low-income women suffering from postpartum depression (PPD) do not seek help from formal mental health services, and how the barriers to such services for these women might be overcome.

The project was conducted by Laura Abrams, assistant professor of social welfare at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, and UCLA social welfare Ph.D. candidate Katrina Dornig. Abrams and Dornig explored symptom recognition, informal and formal help-seeking for PPD symptoms, and attitudes toward mental health services among low-income mothers from ethnic minority backgrounds.