Spouse's Deployment Status Tied to Depression Risk

Deployment status appears to affect depression screening scores in pregnancy and postpartum
By Beth Gilbert
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Aug. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Deployment of a spouse during pregnancy or the postpartum period is associated with an increased risk of a positive depression screening, according to research published in the September issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

In a retrospective cohort study, Denise C. Smith, of the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., and colleagues reviewed a database of women who completed the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale during pregnancy from 2007 to 2009. Screening was offered at the initial obstetric visit, at 28 weeks of gestation, and at six weeks postpartum. The investigators also asked participants whether their spouse was currently deployed, returning from deployment, preparing to deploy, or had no deployment planned.

With 3,956 surveys available for analysis, the researchers found that compared to women with a spouse with no deployment plans, the risk for a positive depression screen was more than doubled among participants whose spouse was deployed during the 28 to 32 week visit (13.1 versus 4.3 percent) or the postpartum period (16.2 versus 8.1 percent).

"Deployment status has a measurable effect on the prevalence of elevated depression screening scores during pregnancy and in the postpartum period," the authors write. "These findings suggest that more intense monitoring, assessment, and treatment may be warranted for this at-risk population."

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Copyright © 2010 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Powered by

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality

For life-long learning and continuing professional development, come to Lippincott's NursingCenter.

Nursing Jobs Plus
Featured Jobs
Recommended CE Articles

Blunt Chest Trauma
Journal of Trauma Nursing, November/December 2014
Expires: 12/31/2016 CE:2 $21.95


The School Age Child with Congenital Heart Disease
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, January/February 2015
Expires: 2/28/2017 CE:2.5 $24.95


Understanding multiple myeloma
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2015
Expires: 2/28/2017 CE:2 $21.95


More CE Articles

Subscribe to Recommended CE

Recommended Nursing Articles

Comprehensive Care: Looking Beyond the Presenting Problem
Journal of Christian Nursing, January/March 2015
Free access will expire on March 2, 2015.


Pain and Alzheimer dementia: A largely unrecognized problem
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2015
Free access will expire on February 16, 2015.


Glycemic control in hospitalized patients
Nursing2015 Critical Care, January 2015
Free access will expire on February 16, 2015.


More Recommended Articles

Subscribe to Recommended Articles

Evidence Based Practice Skin Care Network NursingCenter Quick Links What’s Trending Events