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Br J Psychiatry. 1989 Sep;155:367-73.

Maternity blues. III. Associations with obstetric, psychological, and psychiatric factors.

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Warneford Hospital, Oxford.


One hundred and six women were assessed psychiatrically in the 14-16th and 36-38th weeks of pregnancy and the 12th week after childbirth. They also completed a maternity blues questionnaire daily in the ten days after delivery. Blues scores were significantly associated with: neuroticism; anxiety and depressed mood during pregnancy; fear of labour; poor social adjustment; and retrospective severity of pre-menstrual tension. Blues scores were not associated with obstetric factors, with previous history of psychiatric disorder, or with case status on the PSE in pregnancy or 12 weeks after delivery.

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