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J Ardabil Univ Med Sci 2004, 4(2): 53-58 Back to browse issues page
Postpartum Depression: Prevalence and Associated Factors
Mohammad Narimani , Parvin Nakhostine Ruhi, Mahnaz Yosefi
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 Background & Objectives: Postpartum depression, as a mental disorder, is seen in some women and can threaten their mental health as well as their infants. At least 7% of mothers suffer from this problem after parturition. Studies indicate that many variables are associated with this disorder during and after the gestation period. The aim of this study was to achieve the rate of postpartum depression and its relevant variables among women who referred to the parturition ward of Buali and Emam Hossein hospitals in Tehran.

 Methods: In this cross-sectional descriptive study a questionnaire construced by researchers as well as Beck 21- item depression inventory were used to collect the data. The subjects (100 cases) responded to the questions individually in the hospitals. According to the type of variables, X2 nonparametric test was used in the data analysis.

 Results: The results of this study indicated that 17% of the subjects were suffering from moderate and severe depression and among the 14 predictive variables of the postpartum depression four variables, namely, matrimonial dissatisfaction, unwanted gestation, unemployment and low economical status of family have significant relationship with the postpartum depression.

 Conclusion: In comparison with the previous studies, the prevalence of postpartum depression is in higher level therefore, it is necessary to increase the information of parturition ward staff about this disorder and inform them to refer any cases of depression to the counseling centers.

Keywords: Depression, Mood Disorders, Delivery
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Received: 2001/12/15 | Accepted: 2004/05/2 | Published: 2004/11/3
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Narimani M, Nakhostine Ruhi P, Yosefi M. Postpartum Depression: Prevalence and Associated Factors . J Ardabil Univ Med Sci. 2004; 4 (2) :53-58
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