publication . Article . 2012

Myths of motherhood. The role of culture in the development of postpartum depression

Alessandra Ambrosini; Giovanni Stanghellini;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2012 Journal: Annali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità, volume 48, pages 277-286 (issn: 0021-2571, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Istituto Superiore di Sanita
Objectives. This paper intends to offer a theoretical insight into the myths of motherhood and how these myths can bear on the pathogenesis of postpartum depression. Methods. From a man's view motherhood is conceptualized as a necessary stage in the progress towards the attain - ment of femininity. This view is impersonal and external to the experience of motherhood. From a female perspective, motherhood presents itself as a conflicting situation. We will then focus on the necessity to construct a discourse on motherhood by using a code which belongs to women rather than men. The analysis of a blog and a comedy show will provide evidence concerning the evolution...
free text keywords: Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, General Medicine, Phenomenology (philosophy), Norm (social), Instrumental and intrinsic value, Contradiction, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Mythology, Postpartum depression, medicine.disease, medicine, Psychoanalysis, Immunology, Femininity, business.industry, business, Comedy, depressione postpartum, maternità, identità femminile, typus melancholicus, fenomenologia, Public aspects of medicine, RA1-1270
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