Challenges and opportunities in developing a psychological intervention for perinatal depression in rural Pakistan – a multi-method study
First Online: 06 August 2007 Received: 16 November 2006 Accepted: 30 June 2007 DOI:
Cite this article as: Rahman, A. Arch Womens Ment Health (2007) 10: 211. doi:10.1007/s00737-007-0193-9 Summary
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.
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