Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp 1232–1236 | Cite as

The Association Between Postnatal Depression, Acculturation and Mother–Infant Bond Among Eritrean Asylum Seekers in Israel

  • Ora NakashEmail author
  • Maayan Nagar
  • Ido Lurie
Brief Communication


We examined the association between postnatal depression (PND), acculturation and mother–infant bond among 38 Eritrean asylum seekers in Israel, who were within 6 months of delivery. Participants completed a survey in their native language. A high rate of women (81.6 %) met the clinical threshold for PND on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Higher severity of PND (partialr = −.64, p < .001), higher identification with Israeli culture (partialr = −.45, p = .02), and lower quality of romantic relationship were associated with impaired mother–infant bond (partialr = .58, p = .002). Findings highlight the need to establish services to screen and treat PND among this vulnerable population in the receiving countries.


Asylum seekers Attachment Acculturation Postnatal depression Eritrea 



The study was supported by the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees)—Israel.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Baruch Ivcher School of PsychologyInterdisciplinary Center (IDC) HerzliyaHerzliyaIsrael
  2. 2.Gesher ClinicYafo Community Mental Health CenterTel AvivIsrael
  3. 3.Kfar Saba Adult ClinicShalvata Mental Health CenterHod HasharonIsrael
  4. 4.Sackler School of MedicineTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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