Archives of Women’s Mental Health

, Volume 6, Supplement 2, pp s51–s55

High EPDS scores in women from ethnic minorities living in London

  • K. Onozawa
  • R. C. Kumar
  • D. Adams
  • C. Doré
  • V. Glover
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DOI: 10.1007/s00737-003-0006-8

Cite this article as:
Onozawa, K., Kumar, R., Adams, D. et al. Arch Womens Ment Health (2003) 6: s51. doi:10.1007/s00737-003-0006-8

Summary

Background: The aim of this study was to determine whether women from ethnic minorities and/or birth in a non-English speaking country were at increased risk for postnatal depression.

Method: The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) was used to screen a sample of 830 primiparous women 4 weeks after delivery. Ethnicity data was available on 743, and from these, 530 responses were received (71.3%).

Results: Two independent variables were found to be significantly associated with high EPDS scores. These were being non White (especially Asian; adjusted Odds Ratio 2.7, 95% CI 1.3–5.8) and being born in a non-English speaking country (Odds Ratio 1.9; 95% CI 1.0–3.5).

Limitations: The study was conducted using self rating questionnaires. There was only a 71% response overall, and a 50% response rate among the ethnic minority group.

Conclusions: Women from ethnic minorities or from a non-English speaking background should be regarded at high risk group for postnatal depression.

Keywords: Postnatal depression; EPDS; ethnic minorities; non-English speaking background.

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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Onozawa
    • 1
  • R. C. Kumar
    • 1
  • D. Adams
    • 2
  • C. Doré
    • 2
  • V. Glover
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Psychiatry, London, U.K.GB
  2. 2.Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Imperial College London, London, U.K.GB