Behavioral health screening and intervention for women in argentina: A preliminary model for the childbearing years

Rocio M. Suarez Ordoñez, Jorgelina Cesolari, Casas Ofelia, Ivonne Villavicencio, Hendrée E. Jones

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Abstract

Untreated behavioral disorders in pregnant women and in women of childbearing age pose physical and psychological safety concerns and are barriers to the well-being of both mother and neonate. The present paper underlines the importance of screening in Argentina for behavioral problems in women of childbearing age, particularly pregnant women and their newborns. Emphasized is the need to formalize this comprehensive screening in a protocol that includes domains of mental disorders, behavioral disorders, education, social environment, employment, desire for maternity, substance use including non-prescription use of prescription medications, eating disorders, suicide risk, interpersonal violence, stress, and trauma. Implementation of such a model would require agreement and cooperation between the public and private health sectors as well as in the development of research for validation of the various screening and interventions tools that would be adopted for general use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)635-643
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Women's Health
Volume7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 25 2015

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Measures
  • Pregnancy
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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