In first-time mothers, post-partum depressive symptom prospectively predict symptoms of post-traumatic stress Academic Article uri icon


  • Background Symptoms of both depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are prevalent among first-time mothers following birth. However, the direction of the association between the two types of symptoms is unclear. Methods Ninety six first-time mothers giving birth via vaginal delivery (N= 38), emergency C-Section (N= 27) and planned C-Section (N= 21) were assessed for depression and PTSD twice: Six weeks post-partum and six-weeks later. Results Cross-lagged Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) analyses revealed a …

publication date

  • November 1, 2015