Contemporary Psychology, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2013, 203-218

Original scientific paper

Validation Study of the Croatian Version of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)

Sandra Nakić Radoš - University Hospital Centre Sisters of Mercy, Zagreb
Meri Tadinac - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb
Radoslav Herman - University of Applied Health Studies, Zagreb

Fulltext (english, pages 203-218).pdf

Validation studies established different cut-off points for the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) in different countries. The aim of this paper was to validate the Croatian EPDS against DSM-IV-TR for major and minor depression. A community sample of 272 women was followed from pregnancy to six weeks postpartum. They filled out the EPDS and STAI and were diagnosed using the SCID-I-RV. At the 8/9 cut-off score the sensitivity of the EPDS was 77.3% and its specificity was 82.4%. The principal component analysis with oblique rotation resulted in two correlated oblique factors, reflecting depressive and anxiety symptoms. Since the scree plot indicated that a one-factor solution would be appropriate, it is advised to treat the scale as one-dimensional. The Croatian version of the EPDS is a valid screening instrument and can be used by health practitioners for PPD screening.

postpartum depression, EPDS, validity, factor analysis, ROC, Croatia

© Naklada Slap, with you since 1985. All rights reserved.
Kontakt: Head office

Dr. Franje Tuđmana 33, 10450 Jastrebarsko

+ 385 (0)1 6281 774
Branch office

Centar za edukacije i istraživanja
Miramarska cesta 105, 10000 Zagreb
+ 385 (0)1 6313 044