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Community Ment Health J. 2018 May;54(4):420-428. doi: 10.1007/s10597-017-0175-y. Epub 2017 Oct 23.

Neighborhood Effects on PND Symptom Severity for Women Enrolled in a Home Visiting Program.

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Counseling Program, School of Psychology and Counseling, Regent University , Virginia Beach, VA, USA.
Counseling Program, School of Human Services, College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, Cincinnati, OH, USA.
Department of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, USA.


The aim of this study was to investigate the association between postnatal depression (PND) symptoms severity and structural neighborhood characteristics among women enrolled in a home visiting program. The sample included 295 mothers who were at risk for developing PND, observed as 3-month Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) scores ≥ 10. Two neighborhood predictor components (residential stability and social disadvantage) were analyzed as predictors of PND symptom severity using a generalized estimating equation. Residential stability was negatively associated with PND symptom severity. Social disadvantage was not found to be statistically significantly. The findings suggest that residential stability is associated with a reduction in PND symptom severity for women enrolled in home visiting program.


EPDS; Home visiting; Neighborhoods risk factors; Postnatal depression; Residential stability

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