Detection of postnatal depression. Development of the 10-item Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.

@article{Cox1987DetectionOP,
  title={Detection of postnatal depression. Development of the 10-item Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.},
  author={John L. Cox and Jenifer M Holden and R. Sagovsky},
  journal={The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science},
  year={1987},
  volume={150},
  pages={
          782-6
        }
}
The development of a 10-item self-report scale (EPDS) to screen for Postnatal Depression in the community is described. After extensive pilot interviews a validation study was carried out on 84 mothers using the Research Diagnostic Criteria for depressive illness obtained from Goldberg's Standardised Psychiatric Interview. The EPDS was found to have satisfactory sensitivity and specificity, and was also sensitive to change in the severity of depression over time. The scale can be completed in… Expand

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