Archives of Women's Mental Health

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 53–59

Perinatal depressive symptomatology among lesbian and bisexual women

  • L. E. Ross
  • L. Steele
  • C. Goldfinger
  • C. Strike
Original contribution

DOI: 10.1007/s00737-007-0168-x

Cite this article as:
Ross, L., Steele, L., Goldfinger, C. et al. Arch Womens Ment Health (2007) 10: 53. doi:10.1007/s00737-007-0168-x

Summary

Lesbian and bisexual women who were pregnant (N = 16), biological (N = 18) or non-biological (N = 15) parents completed the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), and scores were compared to a previously published heterosexual sample. Lesbian and bisexual biological mothers had significantly higher EPDS scores than the previously published sample of heterosexual women. Results suggest that perinatal depression is not less common and may be more common among lesbian and bisexual women relative to heterosexual women. Additional, longitudinal studies are needed.

Keywords: Homosexuality; lesbian; parenting; postpartum depression.

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© Springer-Verlag 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. E. Ross
    • 1
  • L. Steele
    • 2
  • C. Goldfinger
    • 1
  • C. Strike
    • 2
  1. 1.Social Equity and Health Research SectionCentre for Addiction and Mental HealthTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Health Systems Research and ConsultingCentre for Addiction and Mental HealthTorontoCanada