Post-adoption depression among adoptive mothers.

Abstract:

OBJECTIVE:To evaluate the rate of depressive symptomatology and possible underlying factors in adoptive mothers during the transition to motherhood. DESIGN:Cohort survey. SETTING:General Community. PARTICIPANTS:Thirty-nine adoptive mothers of reproductive age registered with international adoption agencies. INTERVENTIONS:All women completed the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), and the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI) before and 6 weeks after the adoption. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:Responses were compared between the study group and published findings for biological mothers in the general population, and within the study group, before and after adoption. RESULTS:Symptoms of depression were found in 15.4% of the study group. This rate was similar to that for postpartum depression in the general population, and lower than the rate recorded in the study group before adoption (25.6%). All women with symptoms of depression after the adoption had also shown evidence of depressive features before the adoption. Similar findings were noted for other psychopathologies as well. CONCLUSION:Adopting a child does not cause new-onset, reactive depression among adoptive mothers. It may even lead to a decrease in depressive features, perhaps in response to relief from other adjustment difficulties.

journal_name

J Affect Disord

authors

Senecky Y,Agassi H,Inbar D,Horesh N,Diamond G,Bergman YS,Apter A

doi

10.1016/j.jad.2008.09.002

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2009-05-01 00:00:00

pages

62-8

issue

1-2

eissn

0165-0327

issn

1573-2517

pii

S0165-0327(08)00359-5

journal_volume

115

pub_type

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