nj acts logoPlease read Dr. Reichman’s article in Social Science & Medicine titled, “Maternal depression and economic well-being: A quasi-experimental approach.

Depression is a major contributor to maternal health globally, with 10–19% of women experiencing depression during the postpartum periodPostpartum depression is a debilitating condition, and a large literature has found strong negative associations between maternal postpartum depression and poor maternal health and quality of life as well as children’s adverse health and development outcomes up to age 18 years. Moreover, emerging evidence indicates that maternal depression may persist for many years, including more than a decade after childbirth. A small number of studies have examined impacts of chronic maternal depression (that is, persistently elevated depressive symptoms at multiple time points after childbirth) compared to transient maternal depression (symptoms that increase postpartum and then decline relatively quickly).  To read the full article.

Maternal depression and economic well-being: A quasi-experimental approach. McGovern ME, Rokicki S, Reichman NE. Soc Sci Med. 2022 Jul;305:115017. PMID: 35605471 DOI: 1016/j.socscimed.2022.115017 Epub 2022 May 10.