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Title: Psychological interventions in post-partum depression : a critical analysis
Authors: Buhagiar, Rachel
Keywords: Postpartum depression -- Treatment
Cognitive therapy
Interpersonal psychotherapy
Issue Date: 2019-12
Publisher: University of Malta. Medical School
Citation: Buhagiar, R. (2019). Psychological interventions in post-partum depression : a critical analysis. Malta Medical Journal, 31(3), 30-33.
Abstract: Non-pharmacological interventions are often the preferred treatment modalities in perinatal mothers suffering from mental health problems. Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and inter-personal therapy (IPT) are the two main evidence-based psychological treatment interventions in the management of post-partum depression. Various studies have been conducted-to-date to assess the efficacy and effectiveness of both CBT and IPT in this specialised group, yet there is no data contrasting the two. This report aims to provide a comparative critical evaluation of the evidence base for the two interventions, including their respective strengths and limitations. Research possibly indicates a stronger evidence base for IPT in the treatment of depression post-delivery, perhaps as a result of larger scale studies having been performed for this treatment modality. Nonetheless, valuable positive outcomes for CBT-treated individuals have been observed. Consequently, a number of recommendations for future research will be put forward with the main objective of advancing the literature in this area of expertise.
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