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

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.

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to Masters by Research, Honours to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Group


Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Women's Health

Key Contact

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Department / Centre



Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

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