Date of Award

January 2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Medical Doctor (MD)

Department

Medicine

First Advisor

Kirsten Bechtel

Second Advisor

Beth Emerson

Subject Area(s)

Medicine

Abstract

This study examined the prevalence of postpartum depression in a pediatric emergency department. Almost 1 in 6 women enrolled met criteria for increased risk of PPD, as determined by the EPDS. The mother's view of her infant's temperament was associated with a positive screen. The EPDS anxiety subscale (EPDS-3), depression subscale (EPDS-7), and mini-screen (EPDS-2) were found to have excellent sensitivities relative to the full scale. The screening process demonstrated a high level of acceptability among women. Follow-up assessment showed that many mothers experiencing depressive symptoms utilized community or family members for support.

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