The Course of Depression in Mothers' of Premature Infants in Hospital and at Home

Davis, Leigh M., Edwards, Helen E., Mohay, Heather A., & Wollin, Judy (2003) The Course of Depression in Mothers' of Premature Infants in Hospital and at Home. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 21(2), pp. 20-26.


The risk of continuing depression in mothers of very premature infants after discharge has not been studied in any depth. This study compared reports of maternal depressive symptomatology at one month after infant birth (Phase 1) and three months following infant hospital discharge (Phase 2). Fifty-two mothers completed the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale at these two points in time. Results indicate that the percentage of mothers who reported high levels of depressive symptoms significantly decreased between Phase 1 and Phase 2. Logistic regression analysis indicated that depression scores at Phase 1 and maternal stress at Phase 2 were important factors in explaining depression scores at Phase 2.

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ID Code: 9390
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: premature infant, postpartum depression, NICU, family, psychological distress
ISSN: 1447-4328
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Australian Nursing Federation
Deposited On: 10 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:00

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