Journal article

Perinatal anxiety and depression: Awareness and attitudes in Australia

Terri Smith, Alan W Gemmill, Jeannette Milgrom

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Better community mental health literacy is associated with positive help-seeking behaviours and reduced stigma. There are relatively few published surveys of perinatal mental health literacy. AIMS: To provide a profile of current awareness, knowledge and attitudes in relation to the mental health of women and men in the perinatal period. METHOD: A cross-sectional online survey (n = 1,201) of adults (⩾ 18 years) in each state and territory of Australia was conducted in early 2016. Survey questions were based on a previous 2009 survey, with the addition of several novel items designed to assess knowledge around both perinatal anxiety and men's perinatal mental health. RESULTS: Depr..

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