Group Therapy for Postpartum Depression

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00051246
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 8, 2003
Last Update Posted : January 24, 2014
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Wisconsin, Madison

January 7, 2003
January 8, 2003
January 24, 2014
January 2002
July 2008   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Reduction of depression as measured by the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD) [ Time Frame: Measured at post-treatment and Month 12 follow-up ]
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Improvement in parent-infant interactions as measured by the Early Relational Assessment (ERA) [ Time Frame: Measured at post-treatment, Month 12 follow-up, and 12 and 24 months of age ]
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Group Therapy for Postpartum Depression
Relational Group Intervention for Postpartum Depression
This study will compare standard individual treatment to group therapy for the treatment of postpartum depression.

Ten to twenty percent of new mothers experience major depression in the postpartum period or postpartum depression (PPD). This condition poses a risk for disturbances in the mother-infant relationship as well as for developmental delays and subsequent psychopathology in their children. Thus, and investigation of the efficacy of a relational approach that focuses on improving the mother's sense of competence in the parenting role, and reducing depressive symptoms and social isolation through group therapy is warranted.

Patients are randomly assigned to either relational group treatment or to standard individual treatment. Assessments of maternal and infant functioning, mother-infant and father-infant relations, parenting stress, and marital conflict and conducted pre- and post-treatment, at 12 months post-treatment, and when infants are 12 and 24 months of age.

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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Depression, Postpartum
  • Behavioral: Mother-Infant Group Psychotherapy
    Mother-infant group psychotherapy consists of weekly 2.5-hour psychotherapy sessions comprised of mother's group therapy, infant developmental therapy, and mother-infant dyadic psychotherapy. Group treatment will last 15 weeks.
  • Behavioral: Interpersonal Psychotherapy
    Individual psychotherapy treatment focuses on role transition, interpersonal relationships, and loss. Individual treatment period will last 15 weeks.
  • Active Comparator: 1 M-ITG
    Mother-infant group psychotherapy
    Intervention: Behavioral: Mother-Infant Group Psychotherapy
  • Active Comparator: 2 - IPT
    Individual interpersonal psychotherapy
    Intervention: Behavioral: Interpersonal Psychotherapy
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
July 2008
July 2008   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Major depression with an infant under 7 months of age

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Organic brain syndrome
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Current psychosis or mania
  • Lifetime history of mental retardation
  • Current alcohol or substance abuse
  • Cognitive disability
  • Infants born more than 6 weeks premature or with major medical conditions or developmental disabilities
Sexes Eligible for Study: Female
18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
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United States
R01MH062054( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
R01MH062054 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
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University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, Madison
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Roseanne Clark, PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, Madison
January 2014

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