Single motherhood versus poor partner relationship: Outcomes for antenatal mental health

  • Bilszta J
  • Tang M
  • Meyer D
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OBJECTIVE: In the transition to parenthood, lack of social support significantly impacts on maternal mood. This paper compares the influence of single-mother status and level of partner support in a partnered relationship, on antenatal emotional health. METHODS: Antenatal demographic, psychosocial and mental health data, as determined by Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) score, were collected from 1578 women. The association between these variables, and marital status, was investigated using logistic regression. RESULTS: Sixty-two women (3.9%) were identified as single/unpartnered. Elevated EPDS scores (>12) were found in 15.2% (240/1578) of the total cohort and 25.8% (16/62) of the single/unpartnered women. EPDS scores were significantly lower for single/unpartnered women than for women with unsupportive partners (8.9+/-5.3 vs 11.9+/-6.5, por=2 weeks of depression before the current pregnancy (p

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  • Antenatal
  • Depression
  • Risk factor
  • Single
  • Social support

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  • Justin Bilszta

  • Melissa Tang

  • Denny Meyer

  • Jeannette Milgrom

  • Jennifer Ericksen

  • Anne Buist

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