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Using Short-Term Group Psychotherapy as an Evidence-Based Intervention for First-Time Mothers at Risk for Postpartum Depression
Article first published online: 17 AUG 2012
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Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 49, Issue 3, pages 202–209, July 2013
How to Cite
Pessagno, R. A. and Hunker, D. (2013), Using Short-Term Group Psychotherapy as an Evidence-Based Intervention for First-Time Mothers at Risk for Postpartum Depression. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 49: 202–209. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2012.00350.x
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- Issue published online: 3 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 17 AUG 2012
- First Received March 12, 2012; Final Revision received June 25, 2012; Accepted for publication June 27, 2012.
- 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.