Journal article

Parenting stress and postnatal depression

J Milgrom

Stress Medicine | Published : 1996

Abstract

Thirty-eight mothers with postnatal depression (PND) and their spouses were assessed 3, 6 and 12 months after the birth of their infant on the Parenting Stress Index. Compared to 46 non-depressed controls, PND mothers rated their child as less reinforcing, less acceptable, less adaptable, more moody and more demanding. They rated themselves as less competent, less emotionally attached to the child, less healthy, more depressed and more socially isolated, with a poor relationship with their spouse and a more restricted lifestyle. These differences persisted over the 3-12-month period, even though the level of depression decreased. Partners of PND mothers also rated themselves, their marital r..

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