Changes in depression during and following pregnancy

Fergusson, David M., Horwood, L. John, & Thorpe, Karen (1996) Changes in depression during and following pregnancy. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 10(3), pp. 279-293.

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Abstract

Rates of depression were studied in a sample of over 9000 women who were participants in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Pregnancy and Childhood. Assessments of depression were made at 18 and 32 weeks gestation, and at 8 and 32 weeks postpartum. Changes in depressive status across time were modelled using latent Markov modelling methods. This analysis showed that when classification errors were taken into account there was relatively high stability in diagnostic status during pregnancy and after pregnancy. However, the transition from late pregnancy to the early postnatal period showed evidence of increased instability and remission of depression. The net effects of this were that rates of depression tended to decline following childbirth. The implications of these results for a series of issues including measurement errors in depression reports and the prevalence of depression before and after childbirth are discussed.

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ID Code: 90933
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3016.1996.tb00051.x
ISSN: 1365-3016
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: copyright 1996 Blackwell Science Ltd
Deposited On: 15 Dec 2015 23:27
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2015 05:22

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