Women Suffering from Postpartum Depression

Query from Kim Nielsen nielsen@uwgb.edu 05 April 1999

Does anyone know of historical and/or cross-cultural research done on postpartum depression? I've read speculation that Charlotte Perkins Gilman suffered from postpartum depression but haven't been able to find anything else. A student of mine wondered in class about the incidence rate among working-class or enslaved women. Thanks!


From Judybeth Crowell jbckitty@aol.com 06 April 1999

I am an RN student who did a paper on postpartum depression last semester. Much of the research I ran across was from Cheryl Beck, R.N., Ph.D. She is a nursing instructor at UConn. I don't have her e-mail address...but she may be able to point your student in the right direction.

From Lesley Hall leasleyah@primex.co.uk 06 April 1999

Hilary Maryland (University of Warwick) is working on postpartum insanity in the 19c-I'm not sure if she's published anything yet, but she'd certainly know whether there is any existing literature...

From Ann Kendall makend1@pop.uky.edu 09 April 1999

In order to answer Kim's question about postpartum depression I talked to our UK library at the medical center and Mark suggested that we search PUBMED for articles, the list below is the result of the first search and gives lots of leads for your student. He also suggested a number of other sets of articles such as those under cinahl, which is a nursing search line, "socialfiles" and sociological abstracts as they have articles that cover a longer period historically. Our library's URL is http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/ and that leads to databases. Or, if you have a good medical library they should be able to help you find more information. I thought the Stuchbery article might be of particular use as it deals with three contrasting cultures, but these other articles cover much of the world. If you need any further search pointers I will be happy to assist, (I always knew my years in the medical field before doing history and geography would pay off!!) Hope this helps. Ann PUBMED search produced these articles with the search line "postpartum depression cultural" Bewley C.

Bewley C. Postnatal depression. Nurs Stand. 1999 Jan 6-12;13(16):49-54; quiz 55-6. Review. PMID: 10076357; UI: 99175653.

Chen CH, et al. Psychosocial aspects of Taiwanese postpartum depression phenomenological approach: a preliminary report. Kao Hsiung I Hsueh Ko Hsueh Tsa Chih. 1999 Jan;15(1):44-51. PMID: 10063795; UI: 99163282.

Nahas VL, et al. Postpartum depression. The lived experiences of Middle Eastern migrant women in Australia.

J Nurse Midwifery. 1999 Jan-Feb;44(1):65-74. PMID: 10063227; UI: 99162714.

Reid AJ, et al. Using the ALPHA form in practice to assess antenatal psychosocial health. Antenatal Psychosocial Health Assessment. CMAJ. 1998 Sep 22;159(6):677-84. PMID: 9780969; UI: 98454254.

Stuchbery M, et al. Postnatal depression and social supports in Vietnamese, Arabic and Anglo-Celtic mothers. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatry Epidemiol. 1998 Oct;33(10):483-90. PMID: 9780811; UI: 98454096.

Ghubash R, et al. The validity of the Arabic Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 1997 Nov;32(8):474-6. PMID: 9409163; UI: 98073587.

Ghubash R, et al. Postpartum psychiatric illness in Arab culture: prevalence and psychosocial correlates. Br J Psychiatry. 1997 Jul;171:65-8. PMID: 9328498; UI: 97469026.

Matthey S, et al. Vietnamese and Arabic women's responses to the Diagnostic Interview Schedule (depression) and self-report questionnaires: cause for concern. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 1997 Jun;31(3):360-9. PMID: 9226081; UI: 97369622.

Abou-Saleh MT, et al. The prevalence of early postpartum psychiatric morbidity in Dubai: a transcultural perspective. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1997 May;95(5):428-32. PMID: 9197909; UI: 97341582.

Yoshida K, et al. Postnatal depression in Japanese women who have given birth in England. J Affect Disord. 1997 Mar;43(1):69-77. PMID: 9127832; UI: 97273352.

Rohde LA, et al. Maternity blues in Brazilian women. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1997 Mar;95(3):231-5. PMID: 9111856; UI: 97266052.

Lee DT, et al. Screening psychiatric morbidity after miscarriage: application of the 30-item General Health Questionnaire and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Psychosom Med. 1997 Mar-Apr;59(2):207-10. PMID: 9088059; UI: 97243079.

Pavlovic E, et al. Deboleza: culturally determined behaviour in Istria. Psychopathology. 1997;30(4):215-22. PMID: 9239793; UI: 97383824.

Pritchard DB, et al. Aspects of perinatal psychiatric illness. Br J Psychiatry. 1996 Nov;169(5):555-62. Review. PMID: 8932883; UI: 97086854.

Wickberg B, et al. The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale: validation on a Swedish community sample. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1996 Sep;94(3):181-4. PMID: 8891084; UI: 97046162.

Stewart S, et al. Hmong women and postpartum depression. Health Care Women Int. 1996 Jul-Aug;17(4):319-30. PMID: 8850766; UI: 97003435.

Augusto A, et al. Post-natal depression in an urban area of Portugal: comparison of childbearing women and matched controls.Psychol Med. 1996 Jan;26(1):135-41. PMID: 8643752; UI: 96206722.

Jadresic E, et al. Validation of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) in Chilean postpartum women. J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 1995 Dec;16(4):187-91. PMID: 8748993; UI: 96353197.

Dobie SA, et al. Depression after childbirth. J Am Board Fam Pract. 1992 May-Jun;5(3):303-11. Review. PMID: 1580177; UI: 92254646.

Boyer DB. Prediction of postpartum depression. NAACOGS Clin Issu Perinat Womens Health Nurs. 1990;1(3):359-68. PMID: 2206757; UI: 91001100.

Ann Livingstone-Current