The researchers found that 56 percent of the mothers met the criteria for a major or minor depressive disorder diagnosis. That’s a high percentage!
The is the first study to assess the validity of three frequently used PPD screening tools: The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, the Beck Depression Inventory II and the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale.
It was determined that the scales were valid when used at any point during the postpartum period.
Healthcare professionals who work with low-income urban mothers should be alert to the signs of postpartum depression and utilize the screening tools that are available.