The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a questionnaire and was designed as a simple means of screening for postnatal depression in health care settings. The scale is now in use around the world and this book is a practical guide to using the scale in clinical practice, its origins and development background. This second edition has been revised and contains much advice based on years of experience.
All chapters and references have been updated and the chapters on screening
and counselling have been considerably revised, the evidence base on interventions
for perinatal depression is provided, plus details of innovative methods such
as internet-based therapy. The book includes the EPDS questionnaire itself in
58 other languages (listed below), plus a discussion of the questionnaire’s
The scale can also be used by researchers seeking information on factors which influence the emotional well-being of new mothers and their families and guidance is also given on use of the scale in research settings.
The book will be useful for psychologists, psychiatrists, health visitors, midwives, family doctors, obstetricians and community psychiatric nurses, plus researchers in perinatal health.
- A practical guide to using the EPDS in clinical and research settings.
- Background on perinatal mental health and the development of the EPDS.
- The complete English-language version of the EPDS.
- The EPDS translated into 58 other languages.
Psychologists, psychiatrists, health visitors and midwives. Plus researchers in perinatal health. Family doctors, obstetricians and community psychiatric nurses will also find this useful.
About the authors:
John Cox - Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Keele University, Stoke on Trent.
Jeni Holden - Retired psychology lecturer and former health visitor, Edinburgh.
Carol Henshaw - Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, Keele University, Stoke on Trent.
List of figures
Foreword - Professor Louise Howard
Preface to the first edition - John Cox and Jeni Holden
Preface to the second edition - John Cox, Jeni Holden and Carol Henshaw
Postnatal depression: an overview
The origins and development of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale
International and transcultural issues
Using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in clinical settings: research evidence
Humanistic and person-centred interventions in perinatal depression
Screening and intervention services in the community
Using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale
Appendix 1 The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale
Appendix 2 Translations of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale