Poor prepregnancy and antepartum mental health predicts postpartum mental health problems among US women: a nationally representative population-based study.

@article{Witt2011PoorPA,
  title={Poor prepregnancy and antepartum mental health predicts postpartum mental health problems among US women: a nationally representative population-based study.},
  author={Whitney Perkins Witt and Lauren E Wisk and Erika R. Cheng and John M. Hampton and Paul D. Creswell and Erika W. Hagen and Hilary A. Spear and Torsheika Maddox and Thomas Deleire},
  journal={Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health},
  year={2011},
  volume={21 4},
  pages={304-13}
}
PURPOSE Mental health problems disproportionately affect women, particularly during the childbearing years. However, there is a paucity of research on the determinants of postpartum mental health problems using representative US populations. Taking a life course perspective, we determined the potential risk factors for postpartum mental health problems, with a particular focus on the role of mental health before and during pregnancy. METHODS We examined data on 1,863 mothers from 11 panels of… CONTINUE READING

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