The relationship between maternal depression and adverse infant health outcomes in Zambia: a cross-sectional feasibility study.

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Abstract Background Post-partum depression affects many new mothers. In the developing world, there may be an association between post-partum depression and adverse mortality-related infant health. Such associations have been found in South Asia; however, findings are inconsistent in Africa. This study aimed to investigate the feasibility of such research in rural Zambia, and investigate associations between maternal depression and adverse infant health outcomes. Methods A cross-sectional study was undertaken in a rural district of Zambia. Consecutive women with infants between 2 and 12 months were recruited from under five clinics in three locations. Depression was assessed using the Self-reporting Questionnaire. Outcomes of infant size (actual weight and length, and as


Original languageEnglish
JournalChild: Care, Health & Development
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2010