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Using antenatal depression screens and patient demographics to predict risk for postpartum depression :

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Masters Thesis

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Master of Social Work


School for Social Work


Postpartum depression-Risk factors, Postpartum depression-Patients-Social conditions, Postpartum depression-Patients-Economic conditions, Postpartum depression-Patients-Psychology, Body mass index, Marital status-Psychological aspects, Perinatal depression, Antenatal depression, Depression screening, Marital status, Socioeconomic status, Risk factors


This study examined the relationship between antenatal depression and postpartum depression in pregnant women at a family health clinic. The aim was to determine whether antenatal depression screens predicted postpartum depression. The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Screen (EPDS) was used to screen for depression in 411 pregnant women during the first trimester, third trimester and postpartum phases of pregnancy. Risk factors including patient body mass index, socioeconomic status and marital status were considered predictors of perinataldepression. EPDS scores were analyzed over the three time periods and were compared to body mass index, socioeconomic status and marital status. Results indicated that third trimester EPDS scores predicted postpartum EPDS scores. Body mass index was positively correlated with postpartum EPDS scores. Socioeconomic status negatively correlated with first trimester EPDS scores. Single patients endorsed higher rates of depressive symptoms than married patients during the first trimester of pregnancy. Implications for clinical practice are discussed.




iii, 67 pages. Includes bibliographical references (pages 55-64)

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