Characteristics of the Edinburgh Post Natal Depression Scale in The Netherlands

J Affect Disord. 1992 Oct;26(2):105-10. doi: 10.1016/0165-0327(92)90041-4.


The Edinburgh Post Natal Depression Scale (EPDS), a 10-item self-rating depression scale, was translated into Dutch and compared in 293 postpartum women with other self-rating scales commonly in use in The Netherlands. In addition the structure of EPDS was analyzed by various factor analyses to reveal some of its dimensional aspects. The Dutch version of EPDS was found to be a self-rating scale with good psychometric characteristics which measures what it claims to measure: the strength of depressive symptoms. With LISREL a 2-factor model could be distinguished which contained subscales reflecting depressive symptoms and cognitive anxiety.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Depressive Disorder / classification
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Netherlands
  • Personality Inventory
  • Postpartum Period*
  • Puerperal Disorders