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Reflections on the notion of post-natal depression following examination of the scoring pattern of women on the EPDS during pregnancy and in the post-natal period

Jomeen, J.; Martin, C. R.

Authors

C. R. Martin



Abstract

The scoring pattern of case-positive women on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) was explored over the antenatal and post-natal period. Individual analysis of EPDS scores over the antenatal and post-natal period revealed a picture of depressive symptom reporting inconsistent with the notion of a distinct and separate entity of post-natal depression. A fundamental assumption that post-natal depression has a typical pattern of comparatively higher post-natal depressive symptomology may be illusory when individual symptom profiles are explored.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2008-10
Journal JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRIC AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Print ISSN 1351-0126
Electronic ISSN 1365-2850
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 8
Pages 645-648
APA6 Citation Jomeen, J., & Martin, C. R. (2008). Reflections on the notion of post-natal depression following examination of the scoring pattern of women on the EPDS during pregnancy and in the post-natal period. Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing, 15(8), 645-648. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2008.01282.x
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2850.2008.01282.x
Keywords Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale;Post-natal depression;Pregnancy
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