Depressive and anxiety symptoms through late pregnancy and the first year post birth: an examination of prospective relationships

  • Karen M. Moss
  • Helen Skouteris
  • Eleanor H. Wertheim
  • Susan J. Paxton
  • Jeannette Milgrom
Original Contribution


One hundred and fifty-nine women were measured for depressive and anxiety symptoms from late pregnancy through to 12 months postpartum. Partial correlations revealed stability of depressive and anxiety symptoms across time. Depressive symptoms did not predict anxiety at any time point. Anxiety predicted increases in depressive symptoms from late pregnancy to early postpartum, but not from early postpartum to mid postpartum. Anxiety predicted depressive symptoms from mid postpartum to late postpartum, however, not when social support in late pregnancy was controlled for.


Anxiety Depressive symptoms Pregnancy Postpartum Social support 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychological ScienceLa Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia
  2. 2.School of PsychologyDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia
  3. 3.School of Behavioural ScienceUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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