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      Detection of postnatal depression. Development of the 10-item Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.

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          The development of a 10-item self-report scale (EPDS) to screen for Postnatal Depression in the community is described. After extensive pilot interviews a validation study was carried out on 84 mothers using the Research Diagnostic Criteria for depressive illness obtained from Goldberg's Standardised Psychiatric Interview. The EPDS was found to have satisfactory sensitivity and specificity, and was also sensitive to change in the severity of depression over time. The scale can be completed in about 5 minutes and has a simple method of scoring. The use of the EPDS in the secondary prevention of Postnatal Depression is discussed.

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          Journal
          Br J Psychiatry
          The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science
          Royal College of Psychiatrists
          0007-1250
          0007-1250
          Jun 1987
          : 150
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Postgraduate Medicine, University of Keele, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.
          Article
          S0007125000214712
          10.1192/bjp.150.6.782
          3651732
          565abb44-8f7d-4728-82c6-5daf0688ed26
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