Journal article

Birth events, birth experiences and social differences in postnatal depression.

J Astbury, S Brown, J Lumley, R Small

Aust J Public Health | Published : 1994


A postal survey of all women who gave birth in Victoria in one week in 1989 was used to assess the contribution of birth events, satisfaction with care and social differences to depression after birth. The questionnaire was mailed to women eight to nine months after birth. The survey response was 71.4 per cent (790/1107) with underrepresentation of young women, single women and women of non-English-speaking background. Assessment of depression was made using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, with a score of 13 or more indicating probable clinical depression. The point prevalence of depression was 15.4 per cent (95 per cent confidence interval 12.8 to 18.0). In the final logistic mode..

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