Exploring Paradigms in Postpartum Depression Research: The Need for Feminist Pragmatism

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Abstract

Postpartum depression (PPD) is an important area of women's health research internationally and across disciplines. There is no guiding paradigm, however, to ensure that PPD research results translate to women on a global level. This commentary builds on the work of Doucet, Letourneau, and Stoppard (2010) to determine a “best fit” paradigm with which to guide PPD research. Postpositivism, critical theory, constructivism, and pragmatism are combined with a feminist ideology and critiqued as potential guiding paradigms for PPD research. After thorough examination, I conclude the need for further use of a feminist pragmatist paradigm in PPD research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)378-391
Number of pages14
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)

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