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Psychosocial Assessment and Depression Screening in the Perinatal Period: Benefits, Challenges and Implementation

  • Marie-Paule AustinEmail author
  • Dawn Kingston

Abstract

Primary prevention and early intervention have the potential to be very powerful approaches perinatally, because of the frequent contacts that women have with health services at this time and the significant morbidity associated with untreated maternal mental health conditions, not only for mother but also infant and family. Implicit in this public health approach is the use of screening tools and programmes, with all the challenges that they bring. Early identification and treatment of psychosocial morbidity are especially important in relation to the functioning of the family unit and the critical parent-infant relationship with potential to positively impact on the health of the next generation.

Keywords

Intimate Partner Violence Postpartum Depression Postnatal Depression Depression Screening Perinatal Depression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Perinatal and Women’s Mental Health Unit (PWMHU)St John of God HospitalBurwoodAustralia
  2. 2.The Black Dog Institute, University of New South WalesRandwickAustralia
  3. 3.Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology5-258 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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