The Effect of Interpersonal Psychotherapy on Marriage Adaptive and Postpartum Depression in Isfahan

Mahnaz Hajiheidari, Marzieh Sharifi, Fariborz Khorvash


Background: Regarding high prevalence and injurious consequences of postpartum depression, the aim of the present work is the study of the effect rate of interpersonal psychotherapy on marriage adaptive and postpartum in women.

Method: The present study is semi‑empiric, and included control group and pre‑ and post‑test groups. Thirty‑two women suffering from postpartum depression were selected from among female referents to counseling centers and clinics in Esfahan city by purposive sampling and were placed in two groups (control and test) randomly case group participated in a 10‑weeks marriage interpersonal psychotherapy meetings. Beck II depression questionnaire and marriage adaptive scale were completed by two groups at pre‑test and post‑test steps. Collected data were analyzed using SPSS software and multivariable covariance analysis.

Results: The scores of average of depression and marriage adaptive post‑test in test group was significantly less than that in the control group (P < 0.0005).

Conclusions: The findings of this research confirm marriage interpersonal psychotherapy on the depression recovery and the increasing marriage satisfaction of women suffering from postpartum depression.

Keywords: Depression, marriage adaptive, postpartum

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