The relationship between depression and body dissatisfaction across pregnancy and the postpartum : a prospective study

Clark, Abigail, Skouteris, Helen, Wertheim, Eleanor H., Paxton, Susan J. and Milgrom, Jeannette 2009, The relationship between depression and body dissatisfaction across pregnancy and the postpartum : a prospective study, Journal of health psychology, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 23-31.

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Title The relationship between depression and body dissatisfaction across pregnancy and the postpartum : a prospective study
Author(s) Clark, Abigail
Skouteris, Helen
Wertheim, Eleanor H.
Paxton, Susan J.
Milgrom, Jeannette
Journal name Journal of health psychology
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 23
End page 31
Total pages 9
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1359-1053
1461-7277
Keyword(s) body dissatisfaction
body image
depression
postpartum
pregnancy
Summary The overall aim of this study was to examine the relationship between depression and body dissatisfaction across pregnancy and the first 12 months postpartum. During pregnancy, women's (N = 116) perceived attractiveness and strength/fitness remained stable, while feeling fat and salience of weight/shape decreased in late pregnancy. During the postpartum, feeling fat and salience of weight/shape increased. Depression and body dissatisfaction scores were correlated with each other concurrently and across multiple time points. However, in baseline-controlled prospective analyses, only a model of greater depression late in pregnancy predicting body dissatisfaction at six weeks postpartum and feeling fat throughout the postpartum was supported.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920507 Women's Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, SAGE Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019802

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