The Effects of Postpartum Depression Intervention Programs in Korea: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

국내 산후우울 중재프로그램의 효과: 체계적 문헌고찰과 메타분석

Kim, Mina;Kim, Young A

  • Received : 2019.02.26
  • Accepted : 2019.03.14
  • Published : 2019.03.28


The purpose of this study was to investigate the current status of postpartum depression intervention program performed in Korea and to evaluate its effectiveness. Of the Korean academic journals reported until November 2018, 13 experimental studies were selected and used for final analysis. The average age of the subjects was 26.9 to 34.4 years, and subjects were puerperal women or couples. The sample size was 6~39 (mean: 20.4) in the experimental group, 5~40 in the control group (mean: 20.0), and the intervention program consisted of 0.5~12 weeks/2~14 sessions/10~120 minutes per session. The design of all the studies was a non-equivalent control group pre-post test design. The main dependent variables, postpartum depression, fatigue, and maternal role self-confidence, were all found to have a statistically significant median level of effect size in the meta-analysis. This study confirms the composition and effects of various experimental studies used to mediate postpartum depression in Korea. This could be used as specific evidence-based data to form an optimal postpartum intervention program.


Puerperal Women;Postpartum Depression;Fatigue;Meta-analysis


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