The following research study measured possible psychological and psychosocial predictors of postpartum depression (PPD) with specific scales from the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, 2nd Edition (MMPI-2). This personality instrument was administered to women during their third trimester of pregnancy. In the postpartum period the same subjects were assessed by a specific measure of postpartum depression, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). Scores on the EPDS were subsequently correlated to specific MMPI-2 scales to determine the personality and symptom predictors of the onset of postpartum depression symptoms and to validate the MMPI-2 as a predictor of PPD symptom-severity. The following MMPI-2 scales were found to significantly positively correlate with the EPDS at both one week and three weeks following delivery; Depression (Scale 2), four of Scale 2's five Harris-Lingoes subscales, Psychasthenia (Scale 7), Social Introversion (Scale 0), and Schizophrenia's (Scale 8) subscale Social Alienation (Sc,). One Scale 2 subscale, Psychomotor Retardation, failed to significantly correlate with the outcome measure at either follow-up administration.
Janet L. Sonne
Matt L. Riggs
Elmar P. Sakala
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
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Depression, Postpartum; Postpartum Period -- psychology; MMPI; Depression.
x; 88 p.
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Yakush, Brandon Andrew, "MMPI-2 Predictors of Postpartum Depression Symptom-Severity" (2006). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 1647.
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