A pilot, exploratory report on dyadic interpersonal psychotherapy for perinatal depression

Shannon N. Lenze, Jennifer Rodgers, Joan Luby

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Perinatal depression is a major public health burden impacting both mothers and their offspring. The purpose of this study was to develop and test the acceptability and feasibility of a novel psychotherapeutic intervention that integrates an evidence-based intervention for depression, interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), with postpartum dyadic psychotherapy focused on emotional development in the context of the mother-infant relationship. Nine women between 12 and 30 weeks gestation with Edinburgh Depression Scale (EDS) scores >12 were entered into treatment. Three out of nine women dropped out of the study after initiating treatment (one lost to follow-up antepartum; two lost to follow-up postpartum). Seven out of eight women (87 %) reported clinically significant improvements in EDS scores from baseline to 37–39 weeks gestation, and all women had clinically significant improvements at 12 months postpartum. A small randomized controlled trial is underway to further examine the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Article number503
Pages (from-to)485-491
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Women's Mental Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 26 2015


  • Depression
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy
  • Mother-infant interactions
  • Postpartum
  • Pregnancy


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