Archives of Women s Mental Health (ARCH WOMEN MENT HLTH)

Publisher: World Psychiatric Association. Section on Women's Mental Health, Springer Verlag

Journal description

The relationship between mental disorders and reproductive functions in women has fascinated scientific thinkers for centuries. Nevertheless it has been well documented that sex and gender differences in mental illness and their treatment are understudied until now. In many cases the role of the obstetric-gynecologic event or condition in the psychiatric illness is not recognized: Many women have questions and concerns about psychiatric aspects of menstruation and menopause. Feelings about hysterectomy or the loss or termination of a pregnancy may play a role in the dynamics of a current conflict. Many manias depressions and other psychoses are related to endocrinology. Sexual abuse is a frequent feature of the history of patients with several major psychiatric disorders. Current developments in reproductive technology are new challenges for psychiatrists as well. The editors of "Archives of Women's Mental Health" hope that this journal will assist clinicians teachers and researchers to incorporate knowledge of all aspects of women's mental health into current and future clinical care and research. The journal's scope includes psychodynamics social and biological aspects of all psychiatric and psychosomatic disorders in women. The editors especially welcome interdisciplinary studies focussing on the interface between psychiatry psychosomatics obstetrics and gynecology. The exchange of knowledge between psychiatrists and obstetrician-gynecologists is one of the major aims of the journal. "Archives of Women's Mental Health" publish rigorously reviewed research papers short original communications case reports review articles book reviews and letters to the editors on psychiatric and psychosomatic disorders in women related to the menstrual cycle pregnancy childbirth and perimenopause psychiatric aspects of childloss and abortion sterilization and perimenopause maternal mental illness and disorders of mother-to-infant attachment and all other aspects of motherhood and mental health gender differences in psychopathology psychopharmacology and epidemiology of psychiatric disorders psychotropic drugs and the safety of their use during pregnancy and breastfeeding the association between ovarian hormones and neurochemistry and other biological aspects of psychiatric disorders in women psychosocial cultural and ethnic aspects of psychiatric disorders in women psychiatric aspects of domestic violence liaison psychiatry in women's hospital planning specialized mental health services for women hormonal treatment of psychiatric disorders related to women's reproductive system influence of menstrual cycle on pharmacokinetics of psychotropic drugs psychological aspects of cancer in women sexual disorders in women alcohol and drug abuse in the practice of obstetrics and gynecology contraceptives and their effects on women's mental health historical aspects of women's mental health care and research.

Current impact factor: 1.96

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.955
2012 Impact Factor 2.009
2011 Impact Factor 2.057
2010 Impact Factor 1.813
2009 Impact Factor 1.427
2008 Impact Factor 2.208
2007 Impact Factor 1.912

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.32
Cited half-life 5.50
Immediacy index 0.16
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.64
Website Archives of Women's Mental Health website
Other titles Archives of women's mental health (Online)
ISSN 1434-1816
OCLC 42787623
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: Neurobiology and Treatment of Traumatic Dissociation: Toward an Embodied Self is a 22-chapter manual divided into two parts: the first, focusing on our current understanding of the neuroscience underlying trauma and dissociative states; and the second, providing a framework for how to proceed with psychotherapy in patients suffering with dissociative disorders. Intended for an academic audience (preferably one initiated in neurobiology), this book provides an intriguing read complete with many insightful “aha” moments and would serve well as a companion to a senior undergraduate or graduate level course in Neuroscience or Neuropsychology.Part 1, entitled Neurobiology, employs a clever mixture of translational neuroscience with a focus on animal models as well as neuro-imaging data and pharmacological research, presenting a detailed overview of our current understanding of the neuroscience underlying trauma and dissociation. A great deal of attention is paid to the mammalian midbrain ne ...
    Archives of Women s Mental Health 04/2015; 18(2). DOI:10.1007/s00737-014-0487-7
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    ABSTRACT: Substantial evidence links antenatal depression, anxiety and stress with negative effects on foetal development, resulting in enduring problems in child development. Despite this, there is a paucity of research on intervention programmes designed to address depression and anxiety, and none that include infant outcomes. We aimed to evaluate the efficacy of a brief treatment for maternal depression and anxiety in pregnancy in a sample of women with a diagnosed depressive disorder. We developed a cognitive behavioural therapy treatment for antenatal depression and anxiety and evaluated it in a feasibility trial. This was followed by a pilot randomised controlled trial (RCT) which collected data on the efficacy of the brief intervention and follow-up data on infants. The feasibility study (n = 25) yielded promising results for adherence, acceptability and improvements in depression and anxiety (Beck Depression Inventory and Beck Anxiety Inventory). The RCT (n = 54) again showed excellent adherence and acceptability and supported the efficacy of the treatment. Strong reductions in anxiety were observed during pregnancy, and improvements in depression were maintained at 9 months representing a moderately large effect size. Nine-month infant outcomes showed several medium to large effects favouring the intervention in domains including problem solving, self-regulation and stress reactivity, which were independent of maternal postnatal mood. Treating severe depression and anxiety during pregnancy with a brief cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) intervention appears feasible and worthwhile. To reliably detect clinically meaningful effects on infant outcomes, larger RCTs are likely to be required.
    Archives of Women s Mental Health 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00737-015-0512-5
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    ABSTRACT: The psychometric properties of the adapted Spanish version of the Maternal Antenatal Attachment Scale were examined. The main goal was to investigate the reliability and construct validity of the conceptual structure of Condon's proposal. Five hundred twenty-five pregnant women, attending maternal education classes in Bizkaia (Spain), answered the translated and back-translated version of the Maternal Antenatal Attachment Scale. This scale comprises 19 items with five answer choices divided into two subscales: quality of attachment and intensity of attachment. Participants also answered a questionnaire about the reproductive history that was developed ad hoc for the present study. The Spanish adaptation of the Maternal Antenatal Attachment Scale final version comprises 12 items: seven items have been removed due to their inadequate psychometric properties. Internal consistency of the inventory is moderate-high (.73) and it ranges from .68 (intensity of attachment) to .75 (quality of attachment) for the dimensions. Three alternative structural models were proven using a confirmatory factor analysis. Lastly, the two-related-factor model was chosen, as it obtained suitable fit indexes (χ (2) = 102.28; p < .001; goodness-of-fit index (GFI) = .92; comparative fit index (CFI) = .95; root mean square error of approximation (RMSEA) = .042, 90 % CI [.030-.054]). Due to its adequate psychometric properties, the Spanish version of the Maternal Antenatal Attachment Scale can be proposed as a suitable instrument for the purpose of measuring antenatal attachment. The study of antenatal attachment helps to detect possible difficulties for the mother in establishing an affective relationship with the foetus. This may affect the foetus growth, delivery and the future mother-child relationship.
    Archives of Women s Mental Health 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00737-015-0513-4
  • Archives of Women s Mental Health 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00737-015-0514-3
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    ABSTRACT: This randomised controlled trial examined the feasibility of enhancing relationship functioning in couples during the transition to parenthood through the development and delivery of a low-intensity antenatal intervention. The 2-h psycho-educational programme marks the first of its kind to be trialled in the UK and was delivered as an adjunct to existing antenatal classes provided through the National Health Service. A cluster randomised design was used as antenatal classes rather than participants were randomly allocated to either treatment condition. Feasibility was assessed on the basis of pragmatic delivery and acceptability of the intervention. Data from 47 participants who received the intervention and 36 participants who did not was then compared to provide a preliminary indication of its effectiveness. Outcomes were assessed in terms of relationship satisfaction, couple communication and psychological distress. The intervention appeared feasible in terms of pragmatic delivery, rates of uptake and attendance at sessions. Participant evaluation forms also indicated that people were reasonably satisfied with the intervention and would recommend it to friends. Three significant phases × condition interactions were indicated using mixed-methods analyses of variance (ANOVAs); women in the intervention condition reported significantly less deterioration in relationship satisfaction (F(1, 44) = 3.11; p = 0.021; eta(2) = 0.07), while men in the intervention condition reported significantly less deterioration in couple communication (F(1, 35) = 2.59; p = 0.029; eta(2) = 0.08) and significant improvement in their experience of psychological distress (adjusted z = 1.99; p = 0.023; Cohen's d = 0.47). These positive preliminary indicators lend support to future large-scale investigation.
    Archives of Women s Mental Health 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00737-015-0510-7
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between personality, the serotonin transporter (5HTT) and monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A) polymorphisms and the severity of climacteric and depressive symptoms in postmenopausal women. The study involved 272 healthy postmenopausal women from Poland. This survey-based study was performed using the following: the Beck Depression Inventory for depressive symptoms, the Blatt-Kupperman Menopausal Index and the Neuroticism-Extroversion-Openness-Five Factor Inventory for personality. A polymerase chain reaction was employed to identify the DNA polymorphisms. The women were aged 55.4 ± 5.5 years on average. Significant correlations were proved between the allele frequency of the 30-bp variable-number tandem repeat (VNTR) polymorphism in the MAO-A promoter region and the incidence of depressive symptoms in the women analysed (p ≤ 0.05), as well as between the severity of climacteric symptoms in the postmenopausal women and the allele frequency of the polymorphism in the 5HTT gene (the 5HTT 's' variant) (p ≤ 0.05). There was a significant correlation between the severity of climacteric and depressive symptoms (p < 0.001). (1) The severity of climacteric and depressive symptoms depends on personality traits. (2) Personality traits are biologically determined, and the level of their expression is associated with the 5HTT polymorphism. (3) Identification of homogeneous groups of women having predispositions to depressive and severe climacteric symptoms may help to implement early prevention programmes for this group of recipients.
    Archives of Women s Mental Health 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00737-015-0497-0
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    ABSTRACT: Along with physical and biological changes, a tremendous amount of upheaval and adjustment accompany the pregnancy and postpartum period of a woman's life that together can often result in what is commonly known as postpartum depression. However, anxiety disorders have been found to be more frequent than depression during pregnancy and at least as common, if not more so, during the postpartum period, e.g., Brockington et al., (Archieves Women's Ment Health 9:253-263, 2006; Wenzel et al. (J Anxiety Disord, 19:295-311, 2005). Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-established psychological treatment of choice for anxiety; however, few studies have specifically examined a cognitive-behavioral intervention targeting perinatal anxiety. This pilot study examined the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral group treatment (CBGT) program specifically tailored to address perinatal anxiety in 10 women who were either pregnant or within 12 months postpartum. Participants were recruited from a women's clinic at an academic hospital setting, with anxiety identified as their principal focus of distress. Following a diagnostic interview confirming a primary anxiety disorder and completion of assessment measures, participants completed a 6-week CBGT program. There was a statistically significant reduction in anxiety and depressive symptoms following the CBGT program (all p < 0.05). Participants also reported high acceptability and satisfaction with this treatment for addressing their perinatal anxiety. These findings suggest that CBGT for perinatal anxiety is a promising treatment for both anxiety and depressive symptoms experienced during the perinatal period. Further studies are needed to evaluate the treatment efficacy through larger controlled trials.
    Archives of Women s Mental Health 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00737-015-0498-z
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    ABSTRACT: We read with interest the article by Robinson et al. (2014) Regarding the effect of vitamin D level in pregnancy and postpartum depression (PPD). The etiology of post partum depression (PPD) is not well understood. It has been hypothesized that rapid physiologic changes may play a role in its development. Additionally, physiologic, psychological, and social factors may affect the development of PPD. Neuroendocrine or immune system dysregulation may also contribute to the development of PPD (Ellsworth-Bowers and Corwin 2012). Vitamin D has regulatory functions in the immune system. It has been suggested that vitamin D may act as a potential neurosteroid.Epidemiologic evidence of a relationship between vitamin D and depression is limited. However, some studies have shown a meaningful relationship between vitamin D and depression in selective populations (Tolppanen et al. 2012). Murphy et al. (2010) postulated that there may be a negative correlation between vitamin D level and PPD. In th ...
    Archives of Women s Mental Health 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00737-015-0509-0
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    ABSTRACT: Antenatal mental health assessment is increasingly common in high-income countries. Despite lacking evidence on validation or acceptability, the Whooley questions (modified PHQ-2) and Arroll ‘help’ question are used in the UK at booking (the first formal antenatal appointment) to identify possible cases of depression. This study investigated validation of the questions and women’s views on assessment. Women (n = 191) booking at an inner-city hospital completed the Whooley and Arroll questions as part of their routine clinical care then completed a research questionnaire containing the Edinburgh postnatal depression scale (EPDS). A purposive subsample (n = 22) were subsequently interviewed. The Whooley questions ‘missed’ half the possible cases identified using the EPDS (EPDS threshold ≥10: sensitivity 45.7 %, specificity 92.1 %; ≥13: sensitivity 47.8 %, specificity 86.1 %), worsening to nine in ten when adopting the Arroll item (EPDS ≥10: sensitivity 9.1 %, specificity 98.2 %; ≥13: sensitivity 9.5 %, specificity 97.1 %). Women’s accounts indicated that under-disclosure relates to the context of assessment and perceived relevance of depression to maternity services. Depression symptoms are under-identified in current local practice. While validated tools are needed that can be readily applied in routine maternity care, psychometric properties will be influenced by the context of disclosure when implemented in practice.
    Archives of Women s Mental Health 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00737-015-0508-1
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    ABSTRACT: The etiology of premenstrual disorders, including premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorders (PMDD), is not well understood. In the current study, the relationship between self-focused attention (SFA) and premenstrual disorders was examined to explore the hypothesis that women with premenstrual disorders tend to respond to symptoms in a maladaptive manner. Based on retrospective report, clinical interview, and 30–day prospective recording of premenstrual symptoms, women (N = 52) were categorized as meeting criteria for premenstrual disorders (PMD; n = 24) or not (controls; n = 28). Key findings indicated that women with premenstrual disorders reported greater use of SFA in response to negative affect elicited by laboratory tasks than controls, despite no significant differences in change in negative affect between the two groups. Women with premenstrual disorders also reported greater trait levels of SFA and maladaptive coping styles compared to controls. Women with premenstrual disorders may tend to respond to menstrual cycle changes using increased levels of SFA. The interaction between psychological and physiological menstrual cycle-related changes may lead to increased distress and impairment. Implications for psychological contributions to premenstrual distress and disorders are discussed.
    Archives of Women s Mental Health 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00737-015-0505-4
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    ABSTRACT: This study examines the clinical profile of women admitted to a psychiatric mother-baby unit as well as change in their clinical, parenting, attachment and quality of life outcomes. Data was collected from 191 mothers through self-report measures at admission and discharge. Change was analysed in terms of Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) score, parenting confidence, maternal attachment to the infant and overall functioning. Psychosocial factors impacting on symptom severity and recovery were examined. Most women (64.8 %) were admitted in the first 3 months after birth with an ICD-10 unipolar depressive episode (52.3 %) or anxiety disorder (25.7 %), and 47.6 % had comorbid diagnoses. Improvement from admission to discharge was seen with large effect sizes (≥one standard deviation, i.e. μ) in terms of clinical symptoms (EPDS, μ = 1.7), parenting confidence (Karitane Parenting Confidence Scale (KPCS), μ = 1.1) and attachment to their infant (Maternal Postpartum Attachment Scale (MPAS), μ = 0.9) as well as overall level of functioning (SF-14, μ = 1.9). The majority (73.3 %) recovered symptomatically, and this was associated with increasing maternal age (odds ratio (OR) = 1.129, p = 0.002) and lower levels of psychosocial risk at admission (OR = 0.963, p = 0.008). Improvement in parenting confidence was associated with increasing maternal age (OR = 1.17, p = 0.003). No predictive factors were found for improvement in maternal attachment after controlling for admission scores. In the short term, joint admission of mothers with their infants is highly beneficial in terms of clinical, functional and parenting outcomes, but follow up studies are needed to assess the longer term benefits for mother-infant dyads. The use of an observational tool to enhance our assessment of maternal-infant interaction and some measure of maternal emotional dysregulation-both important mediators of development of secure infant attachment-would also enhance our ability to tailor therapeutic interventions.
    Archives of Women s Mental Health 01/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00737-014-0492-x
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    ABSTRACT: We examined the risk-benefit profile of sertraline treatment during breastfeeding, summarized the available literature on sertraline use, presented previously unpublished data, and performed a correlation-based meta-analysis of sertraline serum levels in mother-infant pairs. We conducted a search of PubMed and the National Library of Medicine LactMed database. We performed a meta-analysis to examine correlations between maternal and infant serum sertraline levels in the existing literature and in previously unpublished data. Of 167 available infant sertraline levels, 146 (87.4 %) were below the limit of detection, and the meta-analysis found no significant relationship between maternal and infant sertraline concentrations. Of 150 infant desmethylsertraline levels, 105 (70.0 %) were below the limit of detection. The correlation analysis revealed a significant relationship between maternal and infant desmethylsertraline concentrations, but this metabolite has only a fraction of the activity of sertraline. A significant relationship was also found for the sum of sertraline and desmethylsertraline, which stems primarily from the contribution of desmethylsertraline. Sertraline is a first-line drug for breastfeeding women due to documented low levels of exposure in breastfeeding infants and very few adverse events described in case reports. Based on the current literature, neither routine serum sampling nor genotyping is warranted for breastfeeding mothers taking sertraline and/or their infants. Routine pediatric care is appropriate monitoring for breastfed infants of women who take sertraline monotherapy.
    Archives of Women s Mental Health 01/2015; 18(2). DOI:10.1007/s00737-015-0499-y
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    ABSTRACT: We report on a 61-year-old postmenopausal female with schizophrenia included in a raloxifene vs. placebo clinical trial and monitored during a 12-month period including a 3-month withdrawal period (6-9 months) without treatment. The patient was treated with raloxifene 60 mg/day adjuvant to antipsychotic medication for 6 months, medication was then withdrawn for 3 months and was reintroduced due to a worsening of symptoms. We assessed the patient with PANSS and other neuropsychological tests. The patient improved in psychopathology and cognitive level in some aspects related to executive functions. During 3 months without the drug, the patient's condition deteriorated. When the drug was reintroduced, improvements were again observed. Raloxifene may be useful as an adjuvant treatment for psychopathological symptoms and some cognitive aspects in women with chronic schizophrenia.
    Archives of Women s Mental Health 01/2015; 18(2). DOI:10.1007/s00737-015-0500-9
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    ABSTRACT: Women's lack of knowledge on symptoms of perinatal depression and treatment resources is a barrier to receiving care. We sought to estimate the prevalence and predictors of discussing depression with a prenatal care provider. We used the 2011 population-based data from 24 sites participating in the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (n = 32,827 women with recent live births) to examine associations between maternal characteristics and report that a prenatal care provider discussed with her what to do if feeling depressed during or after pregnancy. Overall, 71.9 % of women reported discussing perinatal depression with their prenatal care provider (range 60.7 % in New York City to 85.6 % in Maine). Women were more likely to report a discussion on perinatal depression with their provider if they they were 18-29years of age than over 35 years of age compared to older (adjusted prevalence ratio [aPR] 18 to 19 y = 1.08, 20 to 24 y = 1.10, 25 to 29 y = 1.09), unmarried (aPR = 1.07) compared to married, had <12 years of education (aPR = 1.05) compared to >12 years, and had no previous live births (aPR = 1.03) compared to ≥1 live births. Research is needed on effective ways to educate women about perinatal depression and whether increased knowledge on perinatal depression results in higher rates of treatment and shorter duration of symptoms.
    Archives of Women s Mental Health 01/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00737-014-0493-9
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    ABSTRACT: Antenatal mental disorders compromise maternal and child health, and women who have experienced childhood trauma may be at increased risk for such disorders. One hypothesis is that early trauma leads to the development and use of maladaptive coping strategies as an adult, which in turn could predict mental health difficulties during stressful transitions such as pregnancy. To test this hypothesis, this study examined the relationship between childhood trauma and mental health (depression, PTSD) in a sample of 84 pregnant women seeking antenatal care in Cape Town, South Africa, and explored whether maladaptive coping mediated this relationship. The majority of women (62 %) met established criteria for antenatal depression and 30 % for antenatal PTSD; in addition, 40 % reported a history of childhood trauma. Childhood trauma, especially childhood sexual abuse and emotional abuse, was significantly associated with depression and PTSD. The relationships between childhood trauma and depression and PTSD were significantly mediated by maladaptive coping, even when adjusted for the woman's age, gestational age, and HIV status. Findings highlight the need for coping-based interventions to prevent and treat antenatal mental disorders among women with childhood trauma, particularly in high-trauma settings such as South Africa.
    Archives of Women s Mental Health 01/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00737-015-0501-8
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    ABSTRACT: Depressive and fatigue symptoms are common health concerns for women in the postnatal period. Few studies have sought to investigate the role of fatigue in the development and maintenance of depressive symptoms. The aim of this paper was to examine the relationship between depressive symptoms and fatigue over the course of the first 4 years postpartum, in particular focusing on the extent to which fatigue at earlier time points predicted later depressive symptoms and vice versa. Data from over 1000 women participating in a longitudinal study of Australian women's physical and psychological health and recovery after childbirth were used. An autoregressive cross-lagged panel model was tested to assess the mutual influences of fatigue and depressive symptoms across five time points at 3, 6, 12 and 18 months postpartum, and at 4 years postpartum. A complex bidirectional relationship between fatigue and depressive symptoms from 3 months to 4 years postpartum was observed, where fatigue at earlier time points predicted depressive symptoms at later time points, and vice versa. The findings of this study suggest interventions targeting the prevention and management of fatigue may also confer some benefit in improving or preventing the development of depression symptoms in the early parenting period.
    Archives of Women s Mental Health 01/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00737-014-0494-8
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    ABSTRACT: An integrated approach addressing maternal depression and associated mother-infant relationship dysfunction may improve outcomes. This study tested Perinatal Dyadic Psychotherapy (PDP), a dual-focused mother-infant intervention to prevent/decrease maternal postpartum depression and improve aspects of the mother-infant relationship related to child development. Women recruited from hospital postpartum units were screened using a three-stage process. Forty-two depressed first-time mothers and their 6-week-old infants were enrolled and randomized to receive the PDP intervention or usual care plus depression monitoring by phone. The intervention consisted of eight home-based, nurse-delivered mother-infant sessions consisting of (a) supportive, relationship-based, mother-infant psychotherapy, and (b) a developmentally based infant-oriented component focused on promoting positive mother-infant interactions. Data collected at baseline, post-intervention, and three-month follow-up included measures of maternal depression, anxiety, maternal self-esteem, parenting stress, and mother-infant interaction. Depression and anxiety symptoms and diagnoses decreased significantly, and maternal self-esteem increased significantly across the study time frame with no between-group differences. There were no significant differences between groups on parenting stress or mother-infant interaction at post-intervention and follow-up. No participants developed onset of postpartum depression during the course of the study. PDP holds potential for treating depression in the context of the mother-infant relationship; however, usual care plus depression monitoring showed equal benefit. Further research is needed to explore using low-intensity interventions as a first step in a stepped care approach and to determine what subset of at-risk or depressed postpartum mothers might benefit most from the PDP intervention.
    Archives of Women s Mental Health 12/2014; DOI:10.1007/s00737-014-0483-y