Archives of Women’s Mental Health

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 141–153

Review of screening instruments for postpartum depression

  • R. C. Boyd
  • H. N. Le
  • R. Somberg
Review article

DOI: 10.1007/s00737-005-0096-6

Cite this article as:
Boyd, R., Le, H. & Somberg, R. Arch Womens Ment Health (2005) 8: 141. doi:10.1007/s00737-005-0096-6

Summary

This paper presents a review and discussion of eight self-report measures used to assess for depressive symptoms in the postpartum period. Because postpartum depression is a significant mental health problem, there is a need for reliable and valid screening instruments. Published psychometric data (e.g., reliability, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, concurrent validity) of each self-report instrument are presented and critiqued. Results suggest that the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale is the most extensively studied measure with postpartum women with moderate psychometric soundness. This review illustrates the need for more research in this area. Issues involved in the selection of measures are considered. Implications for clinical practice, research, culture and language are discussed.

Keywords: Postpartum depression; measurement; psychometrics. 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag/Wien 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. C. Boyd
    • 1
  • H. N. Le
    • 2
  • R. Somberg
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaU.S.A.
  2. 2.The George Washington UniversityWashingtonU.S.A.

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