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Volume 41 Issue 4 (November 2002), Pages 331-431

A brief psycho‐educational group intervention for postnatal depression (pages 405-409)

Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of a controlled psycho‐educational group (PEG) intervention for postnatal depression, compared with Routine Primary Care (RPC).

Design and method: The participants were 45 women scoring above 12 on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale who were allocated to the study conditions using block randomization procedures. Short‐ and long‐term changes in mood and psychosocial measures were assessed.

Results: Compared with RPC, the PEG significantly reduced the level of depressive symptoms, but had no impact on psychosocial outcome.

Conclusion: A brief PEG is an effective form of treatment for women with low post‐partum mood.

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