Publications by authors named "Yvonne W Goldsmith"

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Experience of a controlling or threatening partner among mothers with persistent symptoms of depression.

Am J Obstet Gynecol 2009 Aug 18;201(2):173.e1-9. Epub 2009 Jun 18.

Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Unit, Section of Women's, Children's, and Family Health, Division of Public Health, Department of Health and Social Services, State of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

Objective: We evaluated the prevalence of symptoms of maternal depression (SMD) that continue beyond the postpartum period and the association between persistent SMD and reporting a controlling or threatening partner.

Study Design: We combined data from a survey of mothers 2-6 months after delivery and its 2-year follow-up survey and analyzed the responses of 444 women who responded to both surveys. We focused on exposure to a controlling partner because this was the sole factor that was associated with persistent SMD in preliminary analysis.

Results: Postpartum SMD was reported by 23% of the women. Among these women, 46% also reported SMD 2 years later. In bivariate analysis, a controlling partner was associated with persistent SMD (odds ratio, 6.9; 95% confidence interval, 1.5-31.8; P = .014).

Conclusion: Almost one-half of women with postpartum SMD continue to have symptoms 2 years later. Further research is needed to measure the strength of the association between controlling partners and persistent depression.
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