ERIC Number: ED349500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Postnatal Depression. A Review. EUR/HFA Target 8.
World Health Organization, Copenhagen (Denmark). Regional Office for Europe.
This document contains three reports on postnatal depression. The first, "The Maternity Blues," by Flemming Warborg Larsen, presents a literature review on the topic. It concludes that most women look back at the "blues" as an episode that was brief, unpleasant, and difficult to explain. The second report, "Postnatal Depressions," by Lene Lier, also a literature review, focuses on the topics of incidence, symptomatology, obstetrical aspects, psychodynamic aspects, family aspects, mother-child relationship, biological aspects, social and environmental aspects, interactive factors, and prevention and intervention. The third report, "Depressed Mood in the Week Following Childbirth," by Lier and four others (Susanne Houd, Henrik Bronnum-Hansen, Finn Kamper Jorgensen, and Flemming Warborg Larsen) describes a study of Danish women who had given birth. In the study 2,586 women answered a questionnaire which was administered 3 months after delivery and which identified variables that contributed significantly to depressed mood/sadness in the first week after delivery. Variables contributing to depressed mood included increased emotional/physical strain in women giving birth to their first child; women having to care for themselves during pregnancy; ambivalent or negative experience of delivery; a too busy staff at the maternity ward; insufficient support with breastfeeding; and having a child admitted to the pediatric department. All three reports include references. (ABL)
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Health Organization, Copenhagen (Denmark). Regional Office for Europe.