Obstetrician-Gynecologists' Practices, Knowledge, and Decision Making Regarding the Diagnosis of Postpartum Depression and Psychosis

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Obstetrician-Gynecologists' Practices, Knowledge, and Decision Making Regarding the Diagnosis of Postpartum Depression and Psychosis

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dc.contributor.advisor Haaga, David A en_US
dc.contributor.author Leddy, Meaghan Ashley en_US
dc.contributor.other Gray, James J en_US
dc.contributor.other Schulkin, Jay en_US
dc.contributor.other Hill, Lauren en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-22T15:01:15Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-22T15:01:15Z
dc.date.created 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-08-22
dc.identifier.other Leddy_american_0008E_10056 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1961/11068
dc.description Degree awarded: Ph.D. Psychology. American University en_US
dc.description.abstract Postpartum depression (PPD) and psychosis (PPP) affects women, infants, and families. Obstetrician-gynecologists (ob-gyns) are often the only medical contact for new mothers, and so can identify women needing psychological care. This study assessed ob-gyns' knowledge, beliefs and practices regarding PPD/PPP screening. Surveys were sent to 400 members of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.Response rate was 56%. Routine screening is more common for PPD (72%) than PPP (30%). Personal experience is associated with increased screening. PPP screening barriers are those previously found for PPD: time constraints, training, and knowledge of diagnostic criteria. Ob-gyns agreed more strongly that low prevalence limits screening for PPP than PPD, though those with lower prevalence estimates did not screen less for PPP.This study is the first to explore ob-gyns' knowledge, beliefs and practice regarding PPD and PPP. Ob-gyns are screening for PPD/PPP, though not universally so. Future research should identify ways to mitigate screening barriers. en_US
dc.format.extent 92 p. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.publisher American University en_US
dc.subject Clinical psychology en_US
dc.subject Psychology en_US
dc.subject Obstetrics and gynecology en_US
dc.title Obstetrician-Gynecologists' Practices, Knowledge, and Decision Making Regarding the Diagnosis of Postpartum Depression and Psychosis en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US


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