Subsyndromal depressive symptoms and major depression in postpartum women

  • Weinberg M
  • Tronick E
  • Beeghly M
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Abstract

Evaluated the differential effects of subclinical depression and major depression on the psychosocial functioning of women at 3 mo postpartum, and to determine whether a history of depression alone prior to the birth of the child is associated with compromises in maternal postpartum psychosocial functioning. 124 mothers (between 21–40 yrs old) participated in the study, 64 participated in the home-based study and 60 in the laboratory-based study. Depression during the postpartum period is a unique and critical phenomenon to evaluate because of the presence of an infant and the maternal stress of adapting to motherhood. This study indicated that maternal postpartum psychosocial functioning differs as a function of the mother's diagnostic status, and it highlights the complexity of maternal affective and psychological states during the postpartum period. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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Authors

  • M. Katherine Weinberg

  • Edward Z. Tronick

  • Marjorie Beeghly

  • Karen L. Olson

  • Henrietta Kernan

  • Joan M. Riley

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