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Depressive Symptoms and Parental Stress in Mothers and Fathers 25 Months after birth
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2608-6204
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.
University of Gothenburg.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Child Health Care, ISSN 1367-4935, E-ISSN 1741-2889, Vol. 21, no 1, 65-73 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of depressive symptoms, feelings of incompetence and spouse relationship problems and their mutual relations. Data from a Swedish parent–infant population-based cohort 25 months after childbirth was used. A questionnaire containing Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and a modified Swedish Parental Stress Questionnaire (SPSQ) regarding depression and parental stress was answered by 646 fathers and 700 mothers. Parents with depressive symptoms experienced more feelings of incompetence and spouse relationship problems than parents without depressive symptoms. The prevalence of depressive symptoms (EPDS 􏰀 12) was more than11% for mothers and nearly 5% for fathers in the sample, 25 months after childbirth. The result indicated that feelings of incompetence and spouse relationship problems could be important constructs for understanding parental stress and depressive symptoms in the parents of young children. In conclusion, it is important that Child Health Care is attentive to both mothers’ and fathers’ depressive symptoms and parental stress after the first year.

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Sage Publications, 2017. Vol. 21, no 1, 65-73 p.
Keyword [en]
Depressive symptoms, parent–child relationship, parent–spouse, parental stress
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Applied Psychology
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Social Sciences, Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-59549DOI: 10.1177/1367493516679015ISI: 000397413600008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-59549DiVA: diva2:1060741
Available from: 2016-12-29 Created: 2016-12-29 Last updated: 2017-05-23Bibliographically approved

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