Special Issue "Screening and Treatment of Perinatal Depression and Anxiety"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Women's Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Francesca Agostini
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Guest Editor
Department of Psychology “Renzo Canestrari”, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, 40127 Bologna, Italy
Interests: transition to parenthood; perinatal psychopathology; assessment for perinatal mental disorders; developmental psychopathology; assisted reproductive technology; preterm birth

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Among the perinatal mental disorders, perinatal depression in women has received much attention in the research and clinical field in the last 20 years. Many areas have been investigated, including the prevalence, risk factors, and consequences for child development, mothers’ mental health, and parental couples’ adjustment. Methods for the identification of possibly depressed women have also been explored since the development of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS; Cox et al., 1987), favoring the implementation of screening activities and tailored psychological interventions.

More recently, the investigation of perinatal anxiety has received increasing interest among researchers along with the identification of both perinatal depression and anxiety in the male population, highlighting the need to further investigate these issues in the literature.

Manuscripts addressing the following topics will be especially welcomed: the improvement of screening methods in clinical settings and mental health services; empirical contributions for the implementation of guidelines and strategies of assessment; validation studies of new instruments for the screening of perinatal anxiety and depression, especially addressed to the paternal population; evaluation of different modalities, and techniques of psychological intervention.

Furthermore, empirical studies investigating possible changes to the screening and intervention methods due to the spread of COVID-19 are of special interest for submission to this issue.

Authors are encouraged to prepare a short abstract to be sent to the Guest Editor in advance to assess the pertinence of their proposal. 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Francesca Agostini
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • perinatal depression
  • perinatal anxiety
  • parenting
  • men/fathers
  • assessment
  • screening
  • diagnosis
  • validation studies
  • psychological intervention
  • COVID-19

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Factor Structure of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in a Sample of Postpartum Slovak Women
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(12), 6298; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126298 - 10 Jun 2021
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Background: Postpartum depression has a negative impact on quality of life. The aim of this study was to examine the factor structure and psychometric properties of the Slovak version of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). Methods: A paper and pencil version of [...] Read more.
Background: Postpartum depression has a negative impact on quality of life. The aim of this study was to examine the factor structure and psychometric properties of the Slovak version of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). Methods: A paper and pencil version of the 10-item EPDS questionnaire was administered personally to 577 women at baseline during their stay in hospital on the second to fourth day postpartum (age, 30.6 ± 4.9 years; 73.5% vaginal births vs. 26.5% operative births; 59.4% primiparas). A total of 198 women participated in the online follow-up 6–8 weeks postpartum (questionnaire sent via e-mail). Results: The Slovak version of the EPDS had Cronbach’s coefficients of 0.84 and 0.88 at baseline (T1) and follow-up, respectively. The three-dimensional model of the scale offered good fit for both the baseline (χ2(df = 28) = 1339.38, p < 0.001; CFI = 0.99, RMSEA = 0.02, and TLI = 0.99) and follow-up (χ2(df = 45) = 908.06, p < 0.001, CFI = 0.93, RMSEA = 0.09, and TL = 0.90). A risk of major depression (EPDS score ≥ 13) was identified in 6.1% in T1 and 11.6% in the follow-up. Elevated levels of depression symptoms (EPDS score ≥ 10) were identified in 16.7% and 22.7% of the respondents at baseline and follow-up, respectively. Conclusions: The Slovak translation of the EPDS showed good consistency, convergent validity, and model characteristics. The routine use of EPDS can contribute to improving the quality of postnatal health care. Full article
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