Title

Epidemiology of postnatal depression in rural Bangladesh

Date of Award

1-1-2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

School

School of Psychology and Social Science

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

Abstract

Postnatal depression (PND) is a major public health problem worldwide. Recent evidence suggests that PND affects a high proportion of women in developing countries. The present study was carried out in Bangladesh where there are no reliable data on the magnitude and determinants of PND. The study comprised two phases. In Phase 1, a BangIa version of the internationally accepted screening tool, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), was developed and validated. Phase 11 was an epidemiological investigation to measure the magnitude of PND and its potential contributing risk factors in Bangladeshi women.

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