This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions depression, pregnancy
Sponsor Taipei Medical University WanFang Hospital
Start date August 2010
End date August 2013
Trial size 300 participants
Trial identifier NCT01280474, 99071


This study aims at investigating the effects of maternal depressive symptomatology on pregnancy outcomes and newborn development. How paternal psychopathology is involved in the association will also be explored.

This is a three-year prospective cohort study. Three versions of questionnaires (the mother, the father, and the infant) will be developed first. For parents, data on self-reported symptomatology such as depression, anxiety, and stress will be collected, while for infants, maternal report on newborn development will be measured. Then, two medical centers and two regional hospitals will be selected. All pregnant women who undergo a first-trimester prenatal visit, who plan to carry the baby till term, and whose spouse is also willing to participate will be invited to join the study. The investigators expect to recruit a total of 194 pairs of depressive mothers and her spouses and 278 pairs of non-depressive mothers and her spouses in the study.

After the informed consent is obtained, one baseline assessment (i.e., the first trimester) and four follow-up assessments (i.e., the second trimester, the third trimester, one month postnatal and six months postnatal) will be implemented. Basically, prenatal investigation (for both mothers and fathers) will be carried out at the outpatient prenatal visit. Postnatal investigation (for the mothers, fathers and infants) will be processed at the pediatric outpatient visit when the infants are schedule for an immunization injection. After data are collected, descriptive, analytic and longitudinal data analyses will be performed to investigate the association between parental psychopathology and pregnancy outcomes and newborn development.

This study will explore the effects of the developmental trajectories of parental psychopathology on newborn growth during the critical stage of pregnancy. It is hoped that evidence based data could be obtained, examined, and applied in future prevention-intervention program to promote parental and newborn health, both physically and psychologically.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Time perspective prospective

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 20 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Women who are pregnant within the gestational week of 14 (the first trimester) and have a prenatal visit at the selected hospitals. - Women who expect to carry the baby to term. - Women who are willing to provide information on their spouse or partner. And their spouse or partner also expresses the willingness to participate. Exclusion Criteria: - Pregnant women who are unable to provide information on their spouse or partner. - Pregnant women's spouse or partner is unable to participate in this study. - Pregnant women or their spouse or partner have difficulties in appropriately reading and completing a Chinese version questionnaire (e.g., illiteracy, not familiar with Chinese (e.g., foreign spouse), have major psychiatric illness, etc.) - Women who are not appropriate to participate based upon doctoral or professional evaluation.

Additional Information

Official title Effects of Maternal Depressive Symptomatology on Pregnancy Outcomes and Newborn Development --- How is Paternal Psychopathology Involved?
Principal investigator Yi-Hua Chen
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in January 2011.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Taipei Medical University WanFang Hospital.