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Actas Esp Psiquiatr. 1999 Sep-Oct;27(5):299-303.

[Prevalence and risk factors for depression in postpartum women].

[Article in Spanish]

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Instituto Nacional de Salud Mental "Honorio Delgado-Hideyo Noguchi", PerĂº. jvegad@amauta.rcp.net.pe

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The objectives of the research are to determine the prevalence of major depression after childbirth and compare it with that of non-postpartum women; and to study the risk factors for postpartum depression.

METHOD:

We studied 425 women: 321 women in the first postpartum year, 41 nulliparous women and 63 women with more than 1 year postpartum.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of major depression in the first postpartum year was 5.92%; this value was significantly lower than that of the women with more than 1 year postpartum. In women with less than 2 years postpartum we found less depression than in those with more than 2 years of delivery. The risk factors associated with postpartum depression found by logistic regression were: obsessive-compulsive disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, previous major depression, maternity blues, young age and lower educational grade.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our study does not support the existence of a greater prevalence of major depression during postpartum in Peruvian women.

PMID:
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