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Ann Epidemiol. 2009 Sep;19(9):637-43. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2009.03.008. Epub 2009 May 13.

Prenatal social support, postnatal social support, and postpartum depression.

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OMNI Research Group, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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  • Ann Epidemiol. 2010 Feb;20(2):169.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To assess the association of antenatal and postnatal social support with postpartum depression (PPD).

METHODS:

We carried out a prospective cohort study of 534 pregnant women between February and September 2007 in Hunan, China. The association between prenatal and postnatal social support with PPD was examined.

RESULTS:

A total of 103 (19.29%) women had PPD. Women with low prenatal and postnatal social support had higher rates of PPD. For prenatal support, PPD was 28.20% in the lowest quartile versus 9.90% in the highest quartile (adjusted odds ratio [OR]: 3.38, 95% confidence interval [CI]=1.64,6.98). For postnatal support, PPD was 44.10% in the lowest quartile versus 5.40% in the highest quartile (adjusted OR: 9.64, 95% CI=4.09, 22.69).

CONCLUSIONS:

Lower or lack of social support is a risk factor of PPD. The association between postnatal social support and PPD is much stronger than that of prenatal social support.

PMID:
19443240
DOI:
10.1016/j.annepidem.2009.03.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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