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Prevalence of Postpartum Depression in a Native American Population

Prevalence of Postpartum Depression in a Native American Population,10.1007/s10995-005-2448-2,Maternal and Child Health Journal,Lisa Baker,Sandra Cros

Prevalence of Postpartum Depression in a Native American Population   (Citations: 17)
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Objectives: Data were collected on postpartum depression from 151 women, ages 16–40 years who received postpartum health services from a rural obstetrical clinic in North Carolina between September 2002 and May 2003. Reflective of the racial and socio-economic make-up of the county, 60.9% of the sample were American Indian (Lumbee tribe) 25.8% were African American and 13.3% were Caucasian or other. Methods: The Postpartum Depression Screening Scale (PDSS) was utilized to explore the prevalence of postpartum depression requiring clinical intervention in a largely unexplored population, minority women. Results: The incidence of postpartum depression symptoms was over 23%, which is significantly higher than even the most liberal estimates in other populations. As with previous literature on risk factors, the sample demonstrates a strong association between symptoms of depression, history of depression and receiving treatment for depression. Conclusions: The PDSS proved to be a clinically useful tool in this setting. Findings support the importance of implementing routine screening protocols to guide practice and implement support services.
Journal: Maternal and Child Health Journal - MATERN CHILD HEALTH J , vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 21-25, 2005
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