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Randomised controlled trial
Postpartum depression can be prevented in low-income mothers using interpersonal psychotherapy
  1. Huynh-Nhu Le1,
  2. Deborah F Perry2
  1. 1Department of Psychology, George Washington University, Washington DC, USA
  2. 2Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development, Washington DC, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Huynh-Nhu Le, George Washington University, Psychology, 2125 G St. NW, Washington DC, 20052, USA; hnle{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Nurses can deliver a group intervention (INT) based on interpersonal psychotherapy to prevent postpartum depression in low-income mothers.

  • Given the high rates of elevated depressive symptoms during the perinatal period, future research should test more preventive INTs as well as treatments.


Depression during pregnancy and in the 12-month postpartum period (ie, perinatal depression (PD)) is the most common serious condition affecting women, with higher rates experienced by low-income women.1 There is growing evidence for long-term negative effects of even subclinical depressive symptoms on children's well-being.2 Given the low rates of treatment for women with elevated …

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