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

Bielinski-Blattmann, Daniela and Lemola, Sakari and Jaussi, Chantal and Stadlmayr, Werner and Grob, Alexander. (2009) Post partum depressive symptoms in the first 17 months after childbirth : the impact of an emotionally supportive partnership. International journal of public health, Vol. 54, H. 5. pp. 333-339.

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Abstract

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.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Persönlichkeits- und Entwicklungspsychologie (Lemola)
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Persönlichkeits- und Entwicklungspsychologie > Entwicklungs- und Persönlichkeitspsychologie (Grob)
UniBasel Contributors:Grob, Alexander and Lemola, Sakari and Stadlmayr, Werner
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Birkhäuser
ISSN:1661-8556
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:09 Jan 2015 09:25
Deposited On:22 Mar 2012 13:45

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