Abstract. During pregnancy and after childbirth women develop specific representations, expectations and fantasies about themselves and their children. Pregnancy involves both physical changes and relational and affective ones. The mother’s role is a culturally transmitted element that conveys values, myths and rules; birth can be considered as a cultural event with unique characteristics. A multi-factorial model is useful for tackling motherhood and depressive symptoms in migrant women, before and after delivery. The aim of this study is to analyse the motherhood experience in migrant women; data were collected during pregnancy and after delivery in order to evaluate maternal representation (IRMAG, IRMAN), family relationship representation (DSSVF) and levels of depression (EPDS). The results of this study show that migration processes could increase vulnerability in first-time mothers, who might feel exhausted, upset and experience feelings of loneliness due to a lack of support from significant figures.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||RIVISTA DI PSICOLOGIA CLINICA|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|