Prevalence and Psychological Correlates of Postnatal Depression in Rural Taiwanese Women
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This descriptive longitudinal cohort study investigated the prevalence and psychological risk factors for depression in new mothers living in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan. Expectant mothers (n = 236) were recruited through antenatal clinics and 162 participants were followed up at 6 weeks postpartum. The estimated prevalence of probable depression (at a cut-off score >== 13 on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale) was 17.3% before birth and 24.1% after birth. Several risk factors for postnatal depression were identified, including maternal self-esteem, antenatal depression, and psychiatric morbidity. The regression of intention on predictive variables yielded an adjusted R2 of .70. The findings can help clinical nurses effective recognize and implement risk mitigation plans for health benefits of rural childbearing women.
Health Care for Women International
© 2014 Taylor & Francis (Routledge). This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Health Care for Women International on 14 Oct 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07399332.2014.946510