• Antenatal intervention;
  • Chinese;
  • postnatal depression;
  • prevention

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.