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Women's health locus of control during pregnancy may predict risk for postpartum depression
  1. Elizabeth Mollard
  1. University of Nebraska Medical Center, UNMC College of Nursing, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
  1. Correspondence to : Elizabeth Mollard, University of Nebraska Medical Center, UNMC College of Nursing, 1230 O Street, Ste 131, Lincoln, NE 68588, USA; Elizabeth.Mollard{at}UNMC.EDU

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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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