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Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2012 Oct;48(4):218-24. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2012.00331.x. Epub 2012 Mar 14.

Effectiveness of antenatal emotional self-management training program in prevention of postnatal depression in Chinese women.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, The Seventh Hospital of HangZhou, HangZhou, ZheJiang, China.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study aimed to study the effectiveness of an emotional self-management training program to antenatal women in the prevention of postnatal depression.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

The sample comprised 240 women who were at 32 weeks antenatal. They were randomly assigned into the intervention group and the control group.

FINDINGS:

On completion of the program, the intervention group reported significantly lower mean Patient Health Questionnaire-9 and Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale scores than the control group. Fewer participants from the intervention group were diagnosed as having postnatal depression using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

An antenatal emotional self-management training that may lower the risk of developing postnatal depression among Chinese women is recommended.

© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

PMID:
23005589
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