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Implications for practice and research
A woman's belief about health control (HLC including internal HLC (IHLC) and chance HLC (CHLC)) may identify her risk for postpartum depression (PPD).
▪ Healthcare providers should consider assessing HLC to predict those women who will be at greater risk for PPD.
▪ Researchers should develop educational interventions targeting internal and chance HLC that may have the potential to prevent PPD.
PPD is a serious concern for women and their babies, yet there are few ways to predict or prevent it. This study evaluated …
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