A Randomized Controlled Study of Digitalized Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Antenatal Depression

  • End date
    Jun 26, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Turku
Updated on 26 August 2021
behavior therapy
depressive symptoms
depressed mood


The main objective of the current research project is to evaluate the effectiveness of the digitalized cognitive behavioral therapy program including telephone coaching for antenatal depressive symptoms. The participants are screened from the general population of pregnant women, as a part of the routine maternity health care check-ups. Mothers with depressive symptoms will be randomized into intervention group receiving guided digitalized treatment program or control group receiving education material about depression in digital form.

Condition Depression (Major/Severe), Depression (Adolescent), miserable, Depressed, Antenatal Depression, depressive disorder, Depression (Treatment-Resistant), depressed mood, Depression, Depression (Adult and Geriatric), Depression (Pediatric), Endogenous depression, depressive disorders
Treatment Digitalized CBT with phone coaching, Psychoeducation about depression
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04223115
SponsorUniversity of Turku
Last Modified on26 August 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

fluent in written and spoken Finnish or Swedish
access to computer or mobile phone with internet
between 12 and 22 weeks pregnant
screening and baseline score on the EPDS 10 points

Exclusion Criteria

lifetime history of psychotic disorder (e.g. schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, psychotic depression)
active suicidal ideation
severe substance abuse or dependence
actively ongoing psychotherapy
participates in another intervention study aiming at treating the symptoms of antenatal depression
multiple pregnancy
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