Validating a generic mood question in a large cohort of Australian women

Research Opportunity
Masters by Research, Honours
Number of Honour Places Available
Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Group Leader Email Number Webpage
Prof Lynn Kemp Personal web page
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Anna Price Personal web page

Project Details

Australian clinical practice guidelines for antenatal care recommend assessing women’s mental health during pregnancy; however, popular measures tend to assess depression or anxiety, rather than mental health more generally. The Matthey two-item Generic Mood Question was designed to assess the presence of any emotional difficulty during pregnancy. The short measure has shown good correlation with longer, validated anxiety measures including the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and the Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale.

This student project aims to validate the Matthey Generic Mood Question against the reliable, validated Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scale (DASS 21-item short-form). Data will be drawn from the right@home trial, which recruited a large cohort of Australian women (N=722) selected for their experience of adversity during pregnancy.

Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Women's Health

Research Opportunities

Masters by Research, Honours
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

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Research Node

Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

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