Life events and social support in puerperal depression.

  title={Life events and social support in puerperal depression.},
  author={Eugene S. Paykel and E M Emms and Jonathan Fletcher and E S Rassaby},
  journal={The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science},
A 20 per cent prevalence of mild clinical depression was found in 120 women assessed at about six weeks postpartum. The strongest associated factor was occurrence of recent stressful life events. Previous history of psychiatric disorder, younger age, early postpartum blues, and a group of variables reflecting poor marital relationship and absence of social support were also notable. Poor marital support acted as a vulnerability factor, only producing an effect in presence of stressful life… CONTINUE READING

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