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Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Factors that Predispose and/or Protect Women from the Development of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Manuscript deadline
20 June 2024

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Prof. Jennifer Barkin, Mercer University School of Medicine
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Factors that Predispose and/or Protect Women from the Development of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) are the most common complication of childbirth, impacting 1 in 5 to 1 in 7 women, on average.  They represent a significant public health burden and societal cost and affect the entire family unit.  The associations between maternal mental health and health of the fetus, infant, child, and family have been well established.  There are myriad risk (and protective) factors that influence both the incidence of PMADs and an individual’s recovery trajectory.  Some are specific to the individual such as personal history of mental illness and genetic characteristics.  Other factors may be related to the environment.  For example, an impressive spike in PMADs was observed during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The focus of this Article Collection is to explore both new and established protective/risk factors that influence the development of PMADs.  There is specific and intensified interest in the following topics:

  • How is climate change/extreme weather (including extreme heat) impacting perinatal mental health?
  • How is the COVID-19 Pandemic impacting perinatal mental health?
  • How is domestic gun violence impacting perinatal mental health?

While the above topics are of particular interest, “factors” are defined broadly for the purposes of this Article Collection.  Please email the guest editor, Jennifer Barkin, PhD ([email protected]) if you have questions about the suitability of a particular abstract.  Generally speaking, the article types considered will be:  original research, literature reviews, and case studies.

Please review the journal scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.  

The deadline for submitting manuscripts is June 20th, 2024. 

Please contact Menghan Li at [email protected]  with any queries and discount codes regarding this Article Collection. 

Please be sure to select the appropriate Article Collection from the drop-down menu in the submission system. 

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All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo desk assessment and peer-review as part of our standard editorial process. Guest Advisors for this collection will not be involved in peer-reviewing manuscripts unless they are an existing member of the Editorial Board. Please review the journal Aims and Scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.