Journal article

Antenatal risk factors for postnatal depression: A large prospective study

Jeannette Milgrom, Alan W Gemmill, Justin L Bilszta, Barbara Hayes, Bryanne Barnett, Janette Brooks, Jennifer Ericksen, David Ellwood, Anne Buist

JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS | ELSEVIER | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: This study measured antenatal risk factors for postnatal depression in the Australian population, both singly and in combination. Risk factor data were gathered antenatally and depressive symptoms measured via the beyondblue National Postnatal Depression Program, a large prospective cohort study into perinatal mental health, conducted in all six states of Australia, and in the Australian Capital Territory, between 2002 and 2005. METHODS: Pregnant women were screened for symptoms of postnatal depression at antenatal clinics in maternity services around Australia using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and a psychosocial risk factor questionnaire that covered key demo..

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