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State of the Science on Postpartum Depression: WHAT NURSE RESEARCHERS HAVE CONTRIBUTED—PART 2

Beck, Cheryl Tatano DNSc, CNM, FAAN

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: May-June 2008 - Volume 33 - Issue 3 - p 151–156
doi: 10.1097/01.NMC.0000318349.70364.1c
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This two-part series summarizes 141 postpartum depression studies that have been conducted by nurse researchers from around the globe. Studies contributing to the knowledge base of postpartum depression were conducted in the following nine countries: United States, Australia, Canada, China (Hong Kong, Taiwan), Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Turkey, and Malaysia. Part 1 of this series addressed the contributions of nurse researchers in the areas of epidemiology, risk factors, and transcultural perspectives related to postpartum depression. This article is Part 2, and it describes what nurse researchers have contributed to the following aspects of postpartum depression: instrumentation/screening, interventions, mother-infant interactions, family dynamics, breastfeeding, preterm births, biological factors, clinicians' knowledge, and mothers' use of health services.

In Part 2 of this series, Dr. Beck describes how nurses have contributed to the literature on PPD about instruments, interventions, mother-infant interactions, and other factors.

Cheryl Tatano Beck is a Professor, School of Nursing, University of Connecticut, Storrs. She can be reached via e-mail at

The author of this article has no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.