Effectiveness of Antenatal Emotional Self-Management Training Program in Prevention of Postnatal Depression in Chinese Women
Article first published online: 14 MAR 2012
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Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 48, Issue 4, pages 218–224, October 2012
How to Cite
Mao, H.-J., Li, H.-J., Chiu, H., Chan, W.-C. and Chen, S.-L. (2012), Effectiveness of Antenatal Emotional Self-Management Training Program in Prevention of Postnatal Depression in Chinese Women. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 48: 218–224. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2012.00331.x
- Issue published online: 25 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 14 MAR 2012
- First Received August 22, 2011; Final Revision received December 27, 2011; Accepted for publication January 5, 2012.
- Antenatal intervention;
- postnatal depression;
PURPOSE: This study aimed to study the effectiveness of an emotional self-management training program to antenatal women in the prevention of postnatal depression.
DESIGN AND METHODS: The sample comprised 240 women who were at 32 weeks antenatal. They were randomly assigned into the intervention group and the control group.
FINDINGS: On completion of the program, the intervention group reported significantly lower mean Patient Health Questionnaire-9 and Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale scores than the control group. Fewer participants from the intervention group were diagnosed as having postnatal depression using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: An antenatal emotional self-management training that may lower the risk of developing postnatal depression among Chinese women is recommended.