The effect of singing interventions on symptoms of postnatal depression: a three-arm randomised controlled trial

Perkins, R. and Fancourt, D. (2018) The effect of singing interventions on symptoms of postnatal depression: a three-arm randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Psychiatry, 212 (2). pp. 119-121. ISSN 0007-1250 (print) 1472-1465 (online)

Abstract

This study assessed whether a novel psychosocial intervention could reduce symptoms of postnatal depression (PND) in the first 40 weeks post-birth. Analyses were carried out of 134 mothers with symptoms of PND randomised into 10-weeks of group singing workshops or group play workshops for them and their babies, or usual care. Overall, amongst all mothers with symptoms of PND, there was a non-significant faster improvement in symptoms in the singing group than either play group or usual care (F4,262=1.66, p=.16, η2=0.012). When isolating mothers with moderate-severe symptoms of PND, this result became significant, with a faster improvement in symptoms in the singing group (F3.9,139.8=2.74, p=.033, η2=0.028).

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