Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 39, Issue 6, pp 483–486

Validation of the Turkish version of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale among women within their first postpartum year

Authors

    • Dept. of PsychiatryAtatürk University, Medical Faculty
    • Atatürk Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Psikiyatri Anabilim Dalı
  • Tacettin Inandi
    • Dept. of Public HealthAtatürk University, Medical Faculty
  • Arzu Yigit
    • Dept. of PsychiatryAtatürk University, Medical Faculty
  • Nuriye Nalan Sahin Hodoglugil
    • University of California, Berkeley Institute of Human Development Bay Area International Group (BIG)
ORIGINAL PAPER

DOI: 10.1007/s00127-004-0770-4

Cite this article as:
Aydin, N., Inandi, T., Yigit, A. et al. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol (2004) 39: 483. doi:10.1007/s00127-004-0770-4

Abstract.

Background:

The aim of the study was to find out the validity and reliability of the Turkish version of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and to determine the optimum cut-off value for postnatal depression.

Method:

Validation of the Turkish version of the EPDS was conducted on a sample of 341 women who were within their first postpartum year. Structured Diagnostic Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders was used as the gold standard test, and receiver operating characteristic analysis was used to evaluate test performance of the EPDS.

Results:

The study of sensitivity, specificity and predictive values versus SCID-I indicated a cut-off score of 12.5 as the best (sensitivity: 75.5, specificity: 71.5). Positive predictive value was 30.3% and negative predictive value was 94.5%. Cronbach’s alpha value was calculated as 0.72.

Conclusions:

It was concluded that: (1) values for the validity were respectable, but not excellent; (2) the scale needs to be improved for use in the Turkish population; and (3) the high prevalence of postnatal depression found in this study may be a function of the low validity of the test.

Key words

validationpostnatal depressionTurkish womensensitivityspecificity

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