Postpartum depressive symptoms in the first 17 months after childbirth: the impact of an emotionally supportive partnership

Bielinski-Blattmann, Daniela; Lemola, Sakari; Jaussi, Chantal; Stadlmayr, Werner; Grob, Alexander (2009). Postpartum depressive symptoms in the first 17 months after childbirth: the impact of an emotionally supportive partnership. International journal of public health, 54(5), pp. 333-9. Heidelberg: SP Birkhäuser Verlag Basel 10.1007/s00038-009-0056-4

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OBJECTIVES: This study investigates the impact on different postpartum depressive trajectories (i.e., "non depressive symptoms", "stable depressive symptoms", "deterioration" and "improvement") from 5-17 months after childbirth exerted by emotional support that mothers receive from their partners and emotional support they provide to their partners. METHODS: Postpartum depressive symptoms were assessed using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale 5 and 17 months after delivery in a sample of 293 mothers. Emotional support received from the partners was assessed among both mothers and partners. RESULTS: The initial level and the change in emotional support that mothers received from their partners were related to different trajectories of postpartum depressive symptoms. Mothers who were living in a partnership with low reciprocal emotional support showed a significantly higher risk of suffering from "stable depressive symptoms" than mothers who were living in a partnership with high reciprocal emotional support. CONCLUSIONS: An increased risk of persistent depressive symptoms beyond the early postpartum period was observed in mothers with poor reciprocal emotional support in the partnership. Further research is needed for a better understanding of the mothers persistent depressive symptoms after childbirth associated with reciprocity of emotional support in the partnership.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Gynaecology

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Jaussi, Chantal




SP Birkhäuser Verlag Basel




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04 Oct 2013 15:12

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14 Jul 2020 14:06

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