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Psychoeducation for perinatal depression and anxiety in young people


The perinatal period consists of pregnancy and one year after childbirth. It is associated with heightened risk of depression and anxiety in young people. This is because young people have to adjust to the demands of pregnancy and parenting while dealing with many psychological, biological and social risk factors associated with youth (Hodgkinson et al., 2014; Lara et al., 2012). It is estimated that worldwide 1 in 6 young women aged 25 and below experience perinatal depression and anxiety each year (Woody et al., 2017). Perinatal depression and anxiety can have detrimental effects on both maternal and child outcomes.

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