Effectiveness of the third wave cognitive behavior therapy for peripartum depression treatment – a systematic review

M. F. Rodriguez-Muñoz*, S. Nakić Radoš, A. Uka, M. Marques, B. R. Maia, M. Matos, M. Branquinho, R. Aydın, V. Mahmoodi, Magdalena Chrzan-Dętkoś, Tamara Walczak-Kozłowska, I. Liakea

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Introduction: To investigate the effectiveness of third-wave cognitive behavior therapies in the treatment of peripartum depression. Method: A systematic review of the effectiveness of psychological interventions in treating peripartum depression focus on the Third Wave has been conducted. The electronic databases MEDLINE, PsycINFO, Web of Science and Clinical Trials were searched, using a combination of different search terms. Data were independently extracted by two authors and a synthesis of the results was offered. Methodological quality was assessed by three authors, using ROBE-2 and MINORS. Search date was conducted in February 2022 and the search was re-run in November 2022 for new entries. Findings: Six papers were included and reported, focused on, the effectiveness of Third Wave approach interventions in reducing depressive symptoms. Papers included the following intervention approaches: Behavioral intervention (n = 2), Mindfulness (n = 2), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (n = 1) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (n = 1). All six papers were consistent in that interventions lead to a decrease in depression symptoms. However, risk of bias evaluation showed that all were critical low, but one paper was high quality. Conclusion and implications for practice and research: Systematic review showed that third-wave approaches are promising in effectiveness to reduce depression symptoms in peripartum women. However, more high-quality studies with follow-up are needed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103865
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023


  • Peripartum depression
  • Third wave
  • Treatment


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