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The maternity blues: exploration of a psychological hypothesis.
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PMID:  3673639     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Previous studies of the maternity blues have failed to identify a consistent factor discriminating between the group of women who experienced the phenomenon and those who did not. The present study hypothesized that the maternity blues are a hormonally-assisted grief reaction which will occur predominantly in women whose antenatal expectation of baby or delivery fails to be fulfilled by the reality events. The hypothesis was tested in a prospective study of 89 women. The phenomenology of the blues was not found to be associated with the hypothesized sense of disappointment or anti-climax despite many womens' experiences falling short of expectation. Rather, the most powerful predictor of the blues was a sense of "pessimism" in late pregnancy which was actually fulfilled by postpartum reality. In addition, the triad comprising of severity of pre-menstrual tension, unplanned pregnancy and consideration given to elective termination in early pregnancy was associated with increased incidence of the blues.
J T Condon; T L Watson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica     Volume:  76     ISSN:  0001-690X     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Psychiatr Scand     Publication Date:  1987 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-11-30     Completed Date:  1987-11-30     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370364     Medline TA:  Acta Psychiatr Scand     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  164-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Flinders Medical Centre, Bedford Park, South Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced / psychology
Depression / psychology*
Premenstrual Syndrome / complications
Prospective Studies
Puerperal Disorders / psychology*

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