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Depressive symptomatology in pregnancy - a Singaporean perspective.

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Woodbridge Hospital/Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747. helen_chen@imh.com.sg

Abstract

This is a two-part study looking at depressive symptomatology in pregnancy in Singaporean women, and the associated demographic, and bio-psychosocial characteristics of women at risk of depressive illness. We validated the 10-item Centre for Epidemiological Studies-Depression scale amongst pregnant women, and then used this tool to identify depressive states in an antenatal cohort from the national maternity hospital. Amongst the sample population, the rate of depressive disorders is as high as one in five in the antepartum. The risk factors in the antepartum include being young, history of smoking, having past and current obstetric complications, frequent alcohol use and having medical problems.

PMID:
15583905
DOI:
10.1007/s00127-004-0823-8
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