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Effects of a Self-Help Program on Depressed Mood for Women with an Unfulfilled Child Wish

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This randomized controlled trial aimed to examine the effectiveness of a cognitive behavioral self-help program (CBS) with minimal coaching in improving depressed mood for women with a permanent unfulfilled child wish. Participants completed pretest, posttest, and follow-up questionnaires and were randomly allocated to CBS (n = 27) or a waiting list condition (WLC, n =27). Respondents who followed the CBS improved significantly on depression scores compared to the WLC. This positive effect remained at follow-up. This study suggests that a low-resource, low-cost self-help program could be an effective intervention in reducing depressed mood in women living with the loss of a desired child.
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Keywords: Depression; loss; psychological intervention; self-help program; unfulfilled child wish

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Clinical Psychology, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

Publication date: July 3, 2016

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