Archives of Women's Mental Health

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 67–74

Screening for postnatal depression in women of non-English speaking background

Authors

  • B. Barnett
    • School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, South Western Sydney Area Health Service, Sydney, Australia
  • S. Matthey
    • Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, South Western Sydney Area Health Service, Sydney, Australia
  • R. Gyaneshwar
    • Division of Women's and Child Health, Liverpool Health Service, South Western Sydney Area Health Service, Sydney, Australia
Original contribution

DOI: 10.1007/s007370050038

Cite this article as:
Barnett, B., Matthey, S. & Gyaneshwar, R. Arch Womens Ment Health (1999) 2: 67. doi:10.1007/s007370050038

Summary

Translations into Vietnamese and Arabic of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) were assessed to determine usefulness, acceptability and validity. Women of Arabic-speaking, Vietnamese and Anglo-Celtic background were recruited antenatally and interviewed at six weeks and six months postpartum. At each stage they completed translated versions of the EPDS and a General Health Questionnaire-30. At the two postpartum interviews, the anxiety and depression modules of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule (DIS) were completed in the appropriate language. There were no significant differences among the three groups on the EPDS, but the Vietnamese and Arabic-speaking women scored significantly higher than the Anglo-Celtic subjects on the GHQ. Fewer Vietnamese mothers met criteria for major depression or anxiety disorder, and this difference was significant at six months postpartum. The EPDS translations were acceptable to the women and appear to be suitable screening instruments for postnatal distress and depression in these populations. Threshold scores for screening purposes are discussed, but a definitive statement in this regard must await further research.

Keywords: Postnatal depression; non-English speaking background; Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.

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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1999