Postpartum depression : epidemiology and theory

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Margaret Chandler Salinger (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rosemery Nelson

Abstract: The etiology of postpartum depression was investigated within the framework of Aaron Beck’s cognitive theory of depression and within the framework of previous research on postpartum depression. One hundred thirty-two women completed questionnaires during the eighth month of pregnancy and during the second postpartum month. The prepartum questionnaires included a measure of depression, a measure of dysfunctional cognitions, and a prenatal questionnaire. The prenatal questionnaire assessed (a) the factors which purportedly lead to dysfunctional cognitions and (b) other social and psychological variables whose importance has been suggested by previous research on postpartum depression. During the puerperium, the depression and dysfunctional cognitions measures were readministered, along with a postpartum questionnaire that distinguished normal versus depressive features of the postpartum period.

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Language: English
Date: 1984
Postpartum depression $x Etiology
Motherhood $x Psychological aspects

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