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


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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Rahman, A. Challenges and opportunities in developing a psychological intervention for perinatal depression in rural Pakistan – a multi-method study. Arch Womens Ment Health 10, 211–219 (2007).

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