Factors associated with attitudes toward seeking mental health treatment postpartum

Rena Bina, Saralee Glasser

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Attitudes toward seeking mental health treatment are a major predictor of seeking such treatment. Rates of seeking mental health treatment for postpartum depression are low despite contacts with health-care providers and available treatment. This study examined factors associated with four dimensions of attitude toward seeking mental health treatment among Israeli women in the postpartum period. Women (N = 1,059) were recruited (June 2008–February 2009) from a medical center’s maternity department within the first two days following delivery and completed a sociodemographic survey and the Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help Scale. Low recognition of need for mental health treatment was associated with having a below average income and no personal and family depression history; low stigma tolerance was associated with being younger, having more children, and defining oneself as ultra-orthodox; low interpersonal openness was associated with having a below average income. Moreover, low confidence in mental health practitioners was associated with being younger and non-ultra-orthodox. Understanding which women are likely to score low on various dimensions of attitude can help target interventions for improving these factors, reducing barriers to receiving mental health treatment among specific groups of women. Research should continue to explore specific attitude dimensions among various populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalWomen and Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2019

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  • Attitudes
  • confidence in practitioners
  • interpersonal openness
  • mental health treatment
  • postpartum depression
  • recognition of need
  • stigma tolerance


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