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Title: Differentiating Subtypes of Postnatal Depression Based on a Cluster Analysis of Maternal Depressive Cognitions
Contributor(s): Church, Nicole (author); Dunstan, Debra  (author)orcid ; Hine, Donald W  (author); Marks, Anthony  (author)
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: Based on the analysis of cognitive style, this study demonstrated that women experiencing postnatal depression (PND) fall into two categories: (a) those with a general cognitive vulnerability to depression and for whom childbirth is a non-specific stressor; and, (b) those whose depression is directly related to the stressful demands of motherhood. Studying an Australian sample of 406 postnatal women who completed the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), the Dysfunctional Attitudes Scale (DAS-24), and the Maternal Attitudes Questionnaire (MAQ), hierarchical cluster analysis identified three groups distinguished on the basis of depressive symptomatology and/or the nature and strength of maladaptive cognitions.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health, 24(2), p. 89-98
Publisher: Association for Pre- & Perinatal Psychology and Health
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1097-8003
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 920209 Mental Health Services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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