Black women experience higher rates of PPD than their White counterparts. To date, no one has linked experiences of racism and discrimination, the impacts racism and discrimination have on allostatic load, and the subsequent process of weathering to the elevated levels of PPD in Black women. However, the Weathering Hypothesis can be utilized to explain the higher rates of PPD seen in Black women via the interactions between sociocultural factors and biological factors.
Van Beusekom, Anna
"The Weathering Hypothesis: Sociocultural and Biological Factors of Postpartum Depression Among Black Women,"
Scholarly Horizons: University of Minnesota, Morris Undergraduate Journal: Vol. 6
, Article 11.
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