The maternity blues: exploration of a psychological hypothesis.

  title={The maternity blues: exploration of a psychological hypothesis.},
  author={John T Condon and Tsuneya Watson},
  journal={Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica},
  volume={76 2},
Previous studies of the maternity blues have failed to identify a consistent factor discriminating between the group of women who experienced the phenomenon and those who did not. The present study hypothesized that the maternity blues are a hormonally-assisted grief reaction which will occur predominantly in women whose antenatal expectation of baby or delivery fails to be fulfilled by the reality events. The hypothesis was tested in a prospective study of 89 women. The phenomenology of the… CONTINUE READING

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