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Keywords:

  • First-time mothers;
  • group psychotherapy;
  • postpartum depression;
  • psychiatric nursing

PURPOSE:  The purposes were to (a) provide an 8-week, short-term, psychotherapy group as a nonpharmacologic, evidence-based intervention for first-time mothers at risk for postpartum depression (PPD) and (b) determine if women's scores in the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale changed after participation in the intervention.

CONCLUSION:  The women who participated in the short-term group psychotherapy intervention experienced a decrease in their Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale scores, reducing their risk for PPD.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:  Group psychotherapy is an effective, evidence-based intervention to reduce the risk for PPD and should remain a current competency of psychiatric advanced practice nurses.