Archives of Women's Mental Health

, Volume 10, Issue 5, pp 211–219

Challenges and opportunities in developing a psychological intervention for perinatal depression in rural Pakistan – a multi-method study

  • A. Rahman
Original contribution

DOI: 10.1007/s00737-007-0193-9

Cite this article as:
Rahman, A. Arch Womens Ment Health (2007) 10: 211. doi:10.1007/s00737-007-0193-9


Perinatal depression, due to its high prevalence and associations with disability, poor infant development and family disruption, is a major public health problem in developing countries. In non-literate and poor communities where depression is not recognised and where there are no specialists, developing a culturally acceptable, deliverable psychological intervention that community members find useful, presents special challenges but also opportunities.

We describe lessons learned from a multi-method formative study to develop and deliver a psychological intervention to depressed mothers and their infants through non-specialist village based health workers.

Keywords: Perinatal depression; mental health; intervention; women; developing countries

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© Springer-Verlag 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Rahman
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of PsychiatryUniversity of ManchesterManchesterU.K.
  2. 2.Human Development Research FoundationIslamabadPakistan