THE INCIDENCE OF AND RISK FACTORS FOR POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION AT AN URBAN MATERNITY CLINIC IN TURKEY


Pocan A. G. , Aki O. E. , Parlakgumus A. H. , Gereklioglu Ç. , Dolgun A. B.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY IN MEDICINE, cilt.46, ss.179-194, 2013 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 46 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2013
  • Doi Numarası: 10.2190/pm.46.2.e
  • Dergi Adı: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY IN MEDICINE
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.179-194

Özet

Objective: Postpartum depression (PPD) is an important health issue that affects not only mothers, but also entire families. Postpartum follow-up should address emotional and psychological issues, as well as physical issues, especially in those at risk. This study aimed to determine the incidence of PPD and the associated risk factors in a group of new mothers undergoing routine follow-up at an urban maternity clinic. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study investigating the relationship between PPD and various factors. A total of 187 women that presented to a university hospital for routine postpartum follow-up 4-6 weeks post delivery were recruited consecutively. The mothers were administered a sociodemographic form that included questions about the known risk factors (sociodemographic and sociocultural factors, and mother-related, pregnancy-related, and child-related factors) and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). Results: The incidence of PPD based on EPDS scores was 28.9% (scores > 12 were defined as PPD). Unplanned/unintended pregnancy, bottle-feeding only, mother's lack of satisfaction with the baby's sleep pattern, lack of family support for baby care, lack of satisfaction with the marital relationship, and family violence were significantly correlated with PPD (P < 0.05). Multiple logistic regression showed that bottle-feeding, lack of family support, lack of satisfaction with the marital relationship, and family violence were the primary factors that significantly increased the risk of PPD. Conclusions: The findings show that the PPD occurs in almost one-third of women and that, among the risk factors, sociocultural factors were the most strongly associated with PPD.