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J Clin Psychol. 2018 Jul;74(7):1117-1125. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22592. Epub 2018 Feb 28.

Effect of prenatal mindfulness training on depressive symptom severity through 18-months postpartum: A latent profile analysis.

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1
Department of Psychiatry and Weill Institute for Neurosciences, University of California, San Francisco.
2
Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco.
3
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California, San Francisco.
4
Institute of Noetic Sciences and California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute.
5
Community Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We examined whether prenatal mindfulness training was associated with lower depressive symptoms through 18-months postpartum compared to treatment as usual (TAU).

METHOD:

A controlled, quasi-experimental trial compared prenatal mindfulness training (MMT) to TAU. We collected depressive symptom data at post-intervention, 6-, and 18-months postpartum. Latent profile analysis identified depressive symptom profiles, and multinomial logistic regression examined whether treatment condition predicted profile.

RESULTS:

Three depressive symptom severity profiles emerged: none/minimal, mild, and moderate. Adjusting for relevant covariates, MMT participants were less likely than TAU participants to be in the moderate profile than the none/minimal profile (OR = 0.13, 95% CI = 0.03-0.54, p = .005).

CONCLUSIONS:

Prenatal mindfulness training may have benefits for depressive symptoms during the transition to parenthood.

KEYWORDS:

latent profile analysis; maternal depressive symptom severity; mindfulness; perinatal depressive symptom severity

PMID:
29488628
DOI:
10.1002/jclp.22592
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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