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Providence, Rhode Island 02903


This study will determine whether a prevention program reduces the incidence of postpartum depression in pregnant women who receive public assistance and are at risk for postpartum depression.

Study summary:

The impact of major depression in the postpartum period is profound, with considerable emotional pain for the new mother as well as disturbances in infant development. Unfortunately, few preventive interventions have been developed or systematically tested to reduce the risk of postpartum depression. An area of even greater neglect is the development of such an intervention for financially disadvantaged women who are at high risk for postpartum depression and for the disturbances associated with postpartum depression. This study will develop a psychosocial intervention for financially disadvantaged pregnant women at risk for postpartum depression. Participants are randomly assigned to receive either the "Life at Home with a New Baby" intervention or care as usual. Women who receive the intervention join a counseling group in which information about mother-baby relationships is shared. This information is reinforced with a follow-up "booster" session after the infant is born. Participants are assessed at baseline, after the booster session (for the intervention condition) or after 2 weeks postdelivery (for the care as usual condition), and at 3 months postpartum. Depression levels and social adjustment are measured at baseline and 2 weeks after delivery. Functional status is also measured. A self-report questionnaire is completed by the mothers to measure parental distress, parent/child dysfunctional behavior, and difficult child interactions. At 3 months postpartum, a brief standardized interview is used to assess the presence of a depressive disorder.


Inclusion criteria: - Receive public assistance - At risk for postpartum depression - Pregnant women between 23-32 weeks gestation

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Original ID:

R21 MH61555



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Brief Title:

Prevention of Postpartum Depression in Low-Income Women

Official Title:

Depression Intervention for Poor Pregnant Women

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Study Phase:

Phase 1



Minimum Age:

18 Years

Maximum Age:

45 Years

Quick Facts

Healthy Volunteers
Oversight Has DMC
Study Is FDA Regulated
Study Is Section 801
Has Expanded Access

Study Source:

Butler Hospital

Oversight Authority:

United States: Federal Government

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Study Dates

Start Date:September 2001
Verification Date:August 2013
Last Changed Date:August 20, 2013
First Received Date:February 4, 2003

Study Outcomes

There are no available Study Outcomes

Study Interventions

Intervention Type:Behavioral
Name:Survival Skills for Moms with New Babies

Study Arms

There are no available Study Arms

Study Agencies

Agency Class:Other
Agency Type:Lead Sponsor
Agency Name:Butler Hospital
Agency Class:NIH
Agency Type:Collaborator
Agency Name:National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Sample and Retention Information

There are no available Sample and Retention Information

Study References

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Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: January 21, 2020

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