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Postnatal depression and reproductive success in modern, low-fertility contexts

Myers, Sarah, Burger, Oskar F., Johns, Sarah E. (2016) Postnatal depression and reproductive success in modern, low-fertility contexts. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, 1 . pp. 71-84. ISSN 2050-6201. E-ISSN 2050-6201. (doi:10.1093/emph/eow003) (KAR id:54433)

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Abstract

Background and objectives: Postnatal depression (PND) presents a puzzling phenomenon to evolutionary

health. Adaptive explanations have been proposed, but have not been tested with data that directly link

of PND to measure the effects of PND on fitness. Respondents were born between 1930 and 1967,

to fitness is assessed using Mann–Whitney U tests on completed fertility. Binary logistic regression

at the first birth leading to lowered fertility. Logistic regression analyses show that this is the result of

birth or when repeat bouts occur.

Conclusions and implications: Our results call into question adaptationist arguments, contribute to the

the economic consequences of markedly below replacement fertility, highlight a potential new source of

health.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/emph/eow003
Uncontrolled keywords: postnatal depression; life history; evolutionary demography; fertility; parity progression
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
Q Science > Q Science (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA788 Sexual health
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics > RG551 Pregnancy
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biological Anthropology
Depositing User: Sarah Johns
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2016 13:10 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:04 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54433 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Johns, Sarah E.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7715-7351
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