Relationship-Based Intervention for Post-Partum Depression

  • End date
    Oct 15, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
Updated on 15 May 2022
psychiatric disorder
depressive symptoms
depressed mood
Accepts healthy volunteers


A short term dyadic psychotherapy intervention for mothers with Post-Partum depression and their babies in the first year of life was developed. The investigators believe that following dyadic intervention mothers will show improvement in depressive symptoms, the quality of the mother-child relationship will improve, and maternal and infant's oxytocin levels will rise.


Subjects: 60 Mothers will be interviewed and diagnosed as suffering from Post-Partumdepression (PPD) according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, IV version (DSM-IV), enrolling within 3-8 months postpartum. Mothers will be recruited through social media networks. Additional 40 mothers, 3-8 months postpartum will be assessed and diagnosed as not suffering from PPD or any other psychiatric psychopathology.

Procedure: The baseline assessment will be conducted at the infant's home. A parent-infant interaction will be videotaped and salivary oxytocin samples will be collected from the infant and from the mother.

The women in the PPD group will participate in 8 weeks of dyadic psychotherapy (DP) combining video feedback, or a psycho-educational treatment regarding child development (randomize selection will be made). During the 8-week treatment, salivary oxytocin samples will be collected from the infants and from the mother at the beginning and the end of each session.

Another assessment will be conducted at the infant's home, at the end of the treatment. As in the baseline condition, this assessment will include videotaped parent-infant interaction, as well as salivary oxytocin samples collection from the mother and from the infant. Parent-infant interaction will be filmed and assessed using the CIB Manual (Feldman, 1998) and the synchrony coding system.

Healthy mothers will undergo the same baseline assessment and a second assessment within 2-3 months, and won't get any treatment.

Condition Post Partum Depression
Treatment Post-partum depression- Dyadic psychotherapy-, Post-partum depression- Psycho-educational therapy
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04193462
SponsorInterdisciplinary Center Herzliya
Last Modified on15 May 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

women diagnosed with Post-Partum depression, major or minor, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th version (DSM-5)
-8 months after birth of one baby

Exclusion Criteria

Mothers of twins
Mothers of premature babies
Comorbidity of psychopathology, women who have severe personality disorder or other psychiatric diagnose, besides depression or anxiety
Women or babies who suffer from severe medical condition, such as developmental problems for the baby or disability
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