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December, 2017
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Postpartum Depression (PPD) is associated with various contextual risk factors, yet lack of knowledge about PPD perpetuates stigma and negatively implicates those affected. Utilizing a sample of 1,178 respondents, the authors examined the extent to which a brief video-based educational intervention influenced respondents’ attitudes concerning PPD.

Abstract: 

Postpartum Depression (PPD) is associated with various contextual risk factors, yet lack of knowledge about PPD perpetuates stigma and negatively implicates those affected. Utilizing a sample of 1,178 respondents, the authors examined the extent to which a brief video-based educational intervention influenced respondents’ attitudes concerning PPD. The effects of the intervention on four outcomes were assessed: (a) participants’ recognition of PPD symptoms, (b) level of responsibility placed on the mother for her symptomology, (c) perceived risk of physical and psychological harm to the baby, and (d) perception of maternal fitness. The educational video positively affected symptom recognition and reduced stigmatizing views. Implications of these findings are discussed.

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