Archives of Women's Mental Health

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 225–228 | Cite as

Evaluating the effectiveness of a brief group cognitive behavioural therapy intervention for perinatal depression

  • Ryan J. Van Lieshout
  • Lisa YangEmail author
  • Erika Haber
  • Mark A. Ferro
Short Communication


Little is known about the effectiveness of group cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in women with perinatal depression (PND) and psychiatric comorbidities. Thirty-four women with PND (sixty-two percent with comorbidity) completed a 9-week CBT group. Eighty percent showed a clinically significant improvement in depressive symptoms. Meaningful gains in social support, mother-infant bonding, and partner relationship quality were seen. Brief group CBT can be effective in the treatment of PND in women with psychiatric comorbidities and may be a less resource-intensive alternative to individual psychotherapy.


Depression Cognitive therapy Group Postpartum Pregnancy 


Compliance with ethical standards

The research conducted involved human participants and informed written consent was obtained from all participants of the study. Ethical approval for this study was obtained from the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HIREB).

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest to disclose.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryan J. Van Lieshout
    • 1
  • Lisa Yang
    • 2
    Email author
  • Erika Haber
    • 1
  • Mark A. Ferro
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural NeurosciencesMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Michael G. DeGroote School of MedicineMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  3. 3.Department of PediatricsMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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