The present study explored the course of maternal and paternal perinatal depression and identified different trajectories of wellbeing/disease during the transition to parenthood. 126 Italian first-time mothers and 126 first-time fathers completed the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale at four time points: 7th-8th month of pregnancy, 40 days, 5-6 months, and 12 months after childbirth. The analyses performed throughout Latent Growth Mixture Modeling (LGMM) identified three trajectories for both males and females. Specifically, most mothers and fathers belong to the resilience trajectory, characterized by a stable emotional wellbeing over time. A significant group of mothers and fathers show moderate, and yet relatively stable, depressive symptoms (distress trajectory). Lastly, a small group of mothers and fathers develop more serious symptoms over time, with some differences between mothers (chronic illness) and fathers (emerging depression).
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] The transition to maternity and paternity: trajectories of well-being and psychological distress|
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Psicologia|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
- depressione perinatale, LGMM