Aisling Hickey

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Background: While a vulnerable personality style may increase the risk of developing non-psychotic and somatoform disorders, its measurement has been problematic. In this paper we describe the development of a 9-item Vulnerable Personality Style Questionnaire (VPSQ). Methods: The scale was administered to a randomly selected community sample and a sample(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to examine obstetric risk factors for postnatal depression in an urban and rural community sample, with concurrent consideration of personality, psychiatric history and recent life events. METHODS This was a prospective study with women planning to give birth in one of the four participating hospitals recruited(More)
Background: Postnatal depression, an episode of major depression occurring within six months postpartum, occurs in 10–15% of mothers. Previous research has focussed on prevalence, risk factors, treatment, and impact, with little emphasis on assessment of functioning and well-being in women with this depression. Our aim was to examine the effect of postnatal(More)
A cross-sectional study was conducted of persons notified with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection on the NSW North Coast during 1993 and 1994. The personal impact of infection was investigated using a self-administered questionnaire. Many cases were currently well, however nearly half reported fatigue and other adverse physical/mental/social outcomes were(More)
Across the developed world there has been a noticed decrease in Social capital. This decrease has also been noted in third level students. In finding ways to combat this decrease technology particularly Computer Mediated Communication and On-line Community Networks have been suggested as possible ways to do so. Examining the day to day activities of(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether early discharge (< 72 hours) after childbirth increased the risk for women developing postnatal depression. DESIGN Prospective cohort design consisting of an initial interview, and six-weekly assessments for 24 weeks using a self-report questionnaire and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). Women discharged(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the routes of hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission in an Australian community. DESIGN Questionnaire-based, cross-sectional survey of notified HCV cases. SUBJECTS AND SETTING All cases notified to the New South Wales North Coast Public Health Unit between 1 January 1993 and 30 September 1994. OUTCOME MEASURES Frequency of(More)
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