Are symptom features of depression during pregnancy, the postpartum period and outside the peripartum period distinct? Results from a nationally representative sample using item response theory (IRT).

@article{Hoertel2015AreSF,
  title={Are symptom features of depression during pregnancy, the postpartum period and outside the peripartum period distinct? Results from a nationally representative sample using item response theory (IRT).},
  author={Nicolas Hoertel and Saioa L{\'o}pez and Hugo Peyre and Melanie M. Wall and Ana Gonzalez-Pinto and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Limosin and Carlos Blanco},
  journal={Depression and anxiety},
  year={2015},
  volume={32 2},
  pages={129-40}
}
BACKGROUND Whether there are systematic differences in depression symptom expression during pregnancy, the postpartum period and outside these periods (i.e., outside the peripartum period) remains debated. The aim of this study was to use methods based on item response theory (IRT) to examine, after equating for depression severity, differences in the likelihood of reporting DSM-IV symptoms of major depressive episode (MDE) in women of childbearing age (i.e., aged 18-50) during pregnancy, the… CONTINUE READING
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