Adolescent Postpartum Depression: Nurse Practitioner Roles to Increase Resiliency and Social Support
Martin, Elizabeth G.
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The prevalence of postpartum depression (PPD) is higher in the adolescent population compared to adults. The purpose of this manuscript is to increase nurse practitioners' awareness of PPD in adolescent mothers. Risk factors for PPD, adolescent development, resiliency, and strategies to promote protective factors to reduce the incidence of PPD are described. This manuscript provides information surrounding treatment and referral options. It also identifies roles and responsibilities for the nurse practitioner in meeting this vulnerable population's needs in primary care. Awareness of community resources is essential to the nurse practitioner's role in achieving the optimum plan for the adolescent. Additional research on adolescent PPD is needed to develop prevention and treatment guidelines which are specific to this population's needs.