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Women's mental and emotional health

Section edited by Jane Fisher

This section considers studies regarding all aspects of women’s mental and emotional health, including body image, depression, anxiety, and all other aspects of mental and emotional wellbeing in women.

  1. Content type: Research article

    Despite the increasing use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and the significant physical and emotional commitments that these treatments and procedures involve, only limited evidence exists regarding ...

    Authors: Mei-Zen Huang, Chien-Huei Kao, Kuan-Chia Lin, Jiann-Loung Hwang, Shuby Puthussery and Meei-Ling Gau

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:97

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  2. Content type: Research article

    International literature reveals that single mothers experience increased levels of chronic stress, which is mainly due to economic hardship and reduced levels of social support. Eventually this leads to psych...

    Authors: Elena Rousou, Christiana Kouta, Nicos Middleton and Maria Karanikola

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:67

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Indigenous Maya women in Guatemala show some of the worst maternal health indicators worldwide. Our objective was to test acceptability, feasibility and impact of a co-designed group psychosocial intervention (Wo...

    Authors: Anne Marie Chomat, Aura Isabel Menchú, Neil Andersson, Manuel Ramirez-Zea, Duncan Pedersen, Alexandra Bleile, Paola Letona and Ricardo Araya

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:53

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Mode of birth has been found to be associated with maternal postnatal adjustment with women who have Caesarean Sections (CS) thought to be at higher risk of emotional distress. However the relationship is comp...

    Authors: Fiona Alderdice, Jane Henderson, Charles Opondo, Marci Lobel, Maria Quigley and Maggie Redshaw

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:42

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Epidemiological research suggests an interrelationship between mental health problems and the (re)occurrence of intimate partner violence (IPV). However, little is known about the impact of mental health treat...

    Authors: W. A. Tol, S. M. Murray, C. Lund, P. Bolton, L. K. Murray, T. Davies, J. Haushofer, K. Orkin, M. Witte, L. Salama, V. Patel, G. Thornicroft and J. K. Bass

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:34

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  6. Content type: Study protocol

    There is a large disparity between alcohol treatment access and prevalence of hazardous drinking among same-sex attracted women (SSAW). Yet, this population typically report low satisfaction with care and a re...

    Authors: Rachel Bush, Rhonda Brown, Ruth McNair, Liliana Orellana, Dan I. Lubman and Petra K. Staiger

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:29

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  7. Content type: Research article

    British Pakistanis are one of the largest ethnic minority groups living in the UK, with high rates of maternal depression being reported in this population. Evidence suggests that culturally-adapted Cognitive ...

    Authors: Sobia Khan, Karina Lovell, Farah Lunat, Yumna Masood, Sadia Shah, Barbara Tomenson and Nusrat Husain

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:21

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Women have been assuming more responsibilities and higher positions in major companies, which exposes them to high levels of stress. Higher perceived work stress is related to higher emotional reactivity. Diff...

    Authors: Fernanda B. C. Pires, Shirley S. Lacerda, Joana B. Balardin, Bruna Portes, Patrícia R. Tobo, Carla R. C. Barrichello, Edson Amaro Jr and Elisa H. Kozasa

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:195

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Endogenous ovarian hormones as well as exogenous oestradiol and progesterone play an important role in cognitive processing. Specifically, these hormones play a role in different aspects of memory, both in ter...

    Authors: Filippo Bianchini, Paola Verde, Stefano Colangeli, Maddalena Boccia, Felice Strollo, Cecilia Guariglia, Giuseppe Bizzarro and Laura Piccardi

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:179

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Loneliness in mothers raising children can adversely impact the health of their children and lead to child abuse, depression, and deterioration of mothers’ health. Few studies to date have specifically assesse...

    Authors: Marie Mandai, Misato Kaso, Yoshimitsu Takahashi and Takeo Nakayama

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:131

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Rates of violence against women are reported to be highest in Africa compared to other continents. We aimed to determine associations between mental illness, demographic, psychosocial and economic factors with...

    Authors: Sally Field, Michael Onah, Thandi van Heyningen and Simone Honikman

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:119

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Adolescent pregnancies present a great public health burden in Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa (UNFPA, Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy, 2013). The disenfranchisement from pub...

    Authors: Judith Osok, Pius Kigamwa, Keng-Yen Huang, Nancy Grote and Manasi Kumar

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:96

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Immigrant women face greater barriers to health care, especially mental health care, than non-immigrant women. However, immigrants are a heterogeneous group and bring with them a range of different personal, s...

    Authors: Melanie L. Straiton, Heloise Marie L. Ledesma and Tam T. Donnelly

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:73

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Childhood stunting (height-for-age z-scores below − 2), a form of chronic undernutrition, remains a global health burden. Although a growing literature has examined the association between mothers’ autonomy an...

    Authors: Yusuke Kamiya, Marika Nomura, Hina Ogino, Kanako Yoshikawa, Latsamy Siengsounthone and Phonepadith Xangsayarath

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:70

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Worldwide, intimate partner violence (IPV) during pregnancy is a pressing and prevalent public health problem. Existing research has found close associations between IPV and perinatal mental health, yet little...

    Authors: Trần Thơ Nhị, Nguyễn Thị Thúy Hạnh and Tine M. Gammeltoft

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:58

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Knowledge of the association between child death and maternal mental distress may help to understand the indirect impact of reduction of under-five mortality on maternal mental wellbeing. This will further hav...

    Authors: Girma Temam Shifa, Ahmed Ali Ahmed and Alemayehu Worku Yalew

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:44

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Childhood and adulthood traumatic experiences negatively impact maternal-infant bonding and increase risk of postpartum depression (PPD). Lower oxytocin levels have also been associated with PPD and compromise...

    Authors: Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, Kefu Zhu, Kexin Fei, Yumeng Bu, Alexandria P. Weston and Uma Ravat

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:31

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Evidence points toward shared characteristics between female survivors of sexual abuse and women with dyspareunia. This study explored, for the first time, similarities and differences between women who were e...

    Authors: Michal Granot, Yoram Yovell, Eli Somer, Ahuva Beny, Ronit Sadger, Ronit Uliel-Mirkin and Yaara Zisman-Ilani

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:29

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The combination of child care and domestic work demands on both housewives and the employed (hired) women may impact their health-related quality-of-life. There is paucity of studies to ascertain this. This st...

    Authors: Anthonia U. Chinweuba, Ijeoma L. Okoronkwo, Agnes N. Anarado, Noreen E. Agbapuonwu, Ngozi P. Ogbonnaya and Chikaodili N. Ihudiebube-Splendor

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:13

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Research indicates that poor sleep is associated with postpartum depression; however, little is known regarding this relationship among postpartum women who are at high for postpartum depression. This study ex...

    Authors: Beth A. Lewis, Dwenda Gjerdingen, Katie Schuver, Melissa Avery and Bess H. Marcus

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:12

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Cardiac surgery is a major life event, and outcomes after surgery are associated with men’s and women’s ability to self-manage and cope with their cardiac condition in everyday life. Hope is suggested to impac...

    Authors: Ann Kristin Bjørnnes, Monica Parry, Irene Lie, Ragnhild Falk, Marit Leegaard and Tone Rustøen

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:2

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Women involved in both street-level and off-street sex work face disproportionate health and social inequities compared to the general population. While much research has focused on HIV and sexually transmitte...

    Authors: Nitasha Puri, Kate Shannon, Paul Nguyen and Shira M. Goldenberg

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:133

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The onset of a major depressive episode is experienced by a large number of women in the weeks or months following delivery. Postpartum depression may deem those women experiencing it incapable of taking care ...

    Authors: Maria Papamarkou, Pavlos Sarafis, Charis P. Kaite, Maria Malliarou, Andreas Tsounis and Dimitris Niakas

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:115

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Menopause can be a time of change for women and may be marked by disturbances in mood. For women living with a mental illness, such as bipolar disorder, little is known about how they experience mood changes d...

    Authors: Tania Perich, Jane Ussher and Chloe Parton

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:110

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Women have generally been found to be the victims of violence, but scant attention has been paid to the characteristics of women who perpetrate aggression and violence. In South Africa, violence is a prevalent...

    Authors: Tara Carney, Bronwyn Myers, Tracy L. Kline, Kim Johnson and Wendee M. Wechsberg

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:93

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Violence related injury is a serious public health issue all over the world. This study aims to assess the association between several socio-economic factors and intimate partner violence (IPV) in Nepal.

    Authors: Sunita Dhungel, Pabita Dhungel, Shalik Ram Dhital and Christiane Stock

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:82

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Associations of eating behaviors and psychological profile between mothers and daughters with eating disorders exist, but it is important to dissect the influence of the mother in each specific disorder since ...

    Authors: Verónica Vázquez-Velázquez, Martha Kaufer-Horwitz, Juan Pablo Méndez, Eduardo García-García and Lucy María Reidl-Martínez

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:74

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Migration is associated with a number of stress factors which can affect mental health. Ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status can intertwine with and influence the process of migration and mental health. ...

    Authors: Melanie L. Straiton, Heloise Marie L. Ledesma and Tam T. Donnelly

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:72

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Anxiety and depression (A&D) are commonly reported among pregnant women from all over the world; however, there is a paucity of workable data from the developing countries including Pakistan. The current study...

    Authors: Rahila Ghaffar, Qaiser Iqbal, Adnan Khalid, Fahad Saleem, Mohamed Azmi Hassali, Nosheen Sikandar Baloch, Fiaz ud Din Ahmad, Sajid Bashir, Sajjad Haider and Mohammad Bashaar

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:51

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Infertility is often associated with a chronic state of stress which may manifest itself in anxiety-related and depressive symptoms. The aim of our study is to assess the psychological state of women with and ...

    Authors: Enikő Lakatos, Judit F Szigeti, Péter P Ujma, Réka Sexty and Piroska Balog

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:48

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Micronutrient malnutrition has been associated with maternal depressive symptoms (MDS), but little is known about the effects of preconceptional micronutrient supplementation. This paper examined the effects o...

    Authors: Phuong H. Nguyen, Ann M. DiGirolamo, Ines Gonzalez-Casanova, Hoa Pham, Wei Hao, Hieu Nguyen, Truong V. Truong, Son Nguyen, Kimberly B. Harding, Gregory A. Reinhart, Reynaldo Martorell and Usha Ramakrishnan

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:44

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Women veterans in the United States, particularly those with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a history of military sexual assault, have unique health care needs, but their minority status in the US Vet...

    Authors: Shannon M. Kehle-Forbes, Eileen M. Harwood, Michele R. Spoont, Nina A. Sayer, Heather Gerould and Maureen Murdoch

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:38

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  33. Content type: Research article

    A breast cancer diagnosis and an abortion can each be pivotal moments in a woman’s life. Research on abortion and breast cancer deals predominantly with women diagnosed during pregnancy who might be advised to...

    Authors: Maggie Kirkman, Carmel Apicella, Jillian Graham, Martha Hickey, John L. Hopper, Louise Keogh, Ingrid Winship and Jane Fisher

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:26

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Cervical dysplasia is a precancerous condition, which has been shown to create anxiety in women. To be able to investigate these women’s health-related quality of life, a disease-specific instrument is require...

    Authors: Marie Rask, Marie Oscarsson, Neil Ludwig and Katarina Swahnberg

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:24

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Circulating Sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) levels are inversely associated with insulin resistance. This study was conducted to compare maternal serum SHBG level between pregnant women with normal glucose...

    Authors: Manal Abdalla Tawfeek, Eman Mohamad Alfadhli, Abdulfatah Marawan Alayoubi, Hesham Ahmad El-Beshbishy and Fawzia Ahmad Habib

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:18

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  36. Content type: Research article

    In Western settings, the relationship between trauma history, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance use, and HIV risk behavior, is well established. Although female fish traders in Zambia are affected by HI...

    Authors: Lynn T. Murphy Michalopoulos, Stefani N. Baca-Atlas, Simona J. Simona, Tina Jiwatram-Negrón, Alexander Ncube and Melanie B. Chery

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:15

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among women. Women with CVD experience a greater burden of psychosocial distress than men, and practice guidelines promote s...

    Authors: Megan C. Hurley, Heather M. Arthur, Caroline Chessex, Paul Oh, Karam Turk-Adawi and Sherry L. Grace

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:11

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Binge eating occurs more frequently in women than in men, and is known to be related to psychological factors such as stress, depression, and anxiety. This study examined the relationship between binge eating ...

    Authors: Jin-Yi Jung, Kye-Hyun Kim, Hee-Yeon Woo, Dong-Won Shin, Young-Chul Shin, Kang-Seob Oh, Eun-Hee Shin and Se-Won Lim

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:8

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Sjogren’s syndrome dry eye (SSDE) mainly affects middle-aged women and can negatively affect women’s psychological and social functioning. However, little is known about the correlation between vision-related ...

    Authors: Yuqiu Zhang, Tong Lin, Alice Jiang, Naiqing Zhao and Lan Gong

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:75

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  40. Content type: Debate

    Domestic violence shares many features with chronic disease, including ongoing physical and mental health problems and eroded self-efficacy. Given the challenges around help-seeking for women experiencing dome...

    Authors: Laura Tarzia, Carl May and Kelsey Hegarty

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:73

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Poor mental health in the perinatal period can impact negatively on women, their infants and families. Australian State and Territory governments are investing in routine psychosocial assessment and depression...

    Authors: Virginia Schmied, Rachel Langdon, Stephen Matthey, Lynn Kemp, Marie-Paule Austin and Maree Johnson

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:69

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Intimate partner violence during pregnancy is the most common form of violence that harms the health of women and the fetus but practiced commonly in developing countries. There is scarcity of information rega...

    Authors: Bedilu Abebe Abate, Bitiya Admassu Wossen and Tizta Tilahun Degfie

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:16

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have focused on depression and social support in Eastern populations, especially women in rural China. Our research investigated depression among women in rural China, and studied the relationships...

    Authors: Fengsu Hou, Catherine Cerulli, Marsha N Wittink, Eric D Caine and Peiyuan Qiu

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:28

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