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Using Short-Term Group Psychotherapy as an Evidence-Based Intervention for First-Time Mothers at Risk for Postpartum Depression

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  • Richard A. Pessagno DNP, RN, APN-C, CGP,

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    1. Richard A. Pessagno, DNP, RN, APN-C, CGP, is Clinical Assistant Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, College of Nursing, Newark, New Jersey, USA; and Diane Hunker, PhD, MBA, RN, is Assistant Professor, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
      Richard.Pessagno@rutgers.edu, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu
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  • Diane Hunker PhD, MBA, RN

    1. Richard A. Pessagno, DNP, RN, APN-C, CGP, is Clinical Assistant Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, College of Nursing, Newark, New Jersey, USA; and Diane Hunker, PhD, MBA, RN, is Assistant Professor, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
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  • There are no financial disclosures to make relative to this manuscript.

Richard.Pessagno@rutgers.edu, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu

Abstract

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.

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