Although pre- and postnatal depression is a frequent complication of childbearing, in majority of the cases it is not recognised and managed properly. One hundred and ninety-nine mothers were interviewed using the Leverton test and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) scale consecutively from 1st June, 2004 to 31st January, 2005. The women under study were selected randomly in South-Eastern Hungary. The Leverton-score correlates strongly with the BDI score (r: 0.65). The anxiety components of perinatal depression analyzed by Leverton questionnaire correlated significantly (r: 0.54) with the negative mood subscale of BDI, but the somatic symptoms of vulnerability were not measured by the somatic subscale of Leverton test like that of BDI (r: 0.27). Consistently the items of Leverton questionnaire assess the vulnerability concerning perinatal depression (Cronbach Alfa Coefficient: 0.77). The residential (r: 0.59) and partnership problems (r: 0.29), stress (r: -0.33), former psychiatric treatment (r: -0.25), unplanned pregnancy (r: 0.31) are related mostly to the vulnerability concerning perinatal depression. The Leverton questionnaire is of value in the assessment of depression, since it correlates strongly with the Beck scale. The Leverton test can be applied antenatally in order to screen the vulnerability to perinatal depression.
|Translated title of the contribution||Value of Leverton test concerning postnatal depression in a randomly selected representative sample|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Magyar Noorvosok Lapja|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 7 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Reproductive Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology