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CHEN and colleagues, College of Nursing, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC, systematically evaluated the effects of weekly support group meetings for women with postnatal distress.


Depression experienced by women postnatally may have profound effects on the lifelong health of the mother and her child.


60 postnatally distressed women were randomized to either a ‘support’ (n=30) or control (n=30) group. The ‘support’ group participated in four supportive group sessions comprising discussions about the transition to motherhood, postnatal stress management, communications skills and life planning.


Women in the ‘support’ group had significantly decreased scores on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) and significantly increased scores on the Interpersonal Support Evaluation List (ISEL) at the end of the fourth weekly supportive group session. No significant changes on these measures occurred in the control group.



Chen CH et al. Effects of support group intervention in postnatally distressed women. A controlled study in Taiwan. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 49 (6): 395-9. Dec 2000.

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