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Turk Psikiyatri Derg. 2012 Fall;23(3):178-88.

[How is quality of life affected in women in the presence of anxiety and depression symptoms?].

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Department of Public Health, School of Medicine, Adnan Menderes University, Aydin.



To assess how quality of life is affected among reproductive age women from the presence of anxiety and depression symptoms and the risk factors related to both.


A cross sectional analytic study was performed in person with 461 women. General Health Questionnarie-12 and WHOQOL-BREF were used.


35.5% of the women displayed symptoms of anxiety and depression and those who had experienced domestic violence had a 2.61-fold increase in symptom frequency and those with an income below 500 TL had a 2.49-fold more frequent occurrence of symptoms compared to others. General health quality mean score was 3.33 ± 0.804, the mean overall quality of life was 3.62 ± 0.791; Physical Health Domain: 15.95 ± 2.422; Psychological Health Domain: 14.70 ± 2.337; Social Relations Domain 14.64 ± 3,027; Environmental Domain 14:27 ± 2.20; National Domain 14:29 ± 2.144l. The total score of GHQ-12 and the first two questions of WHOQOL-BREF had a negative, moderate and highly significant correlation, whereas the Psychological HD score had a a negative,, strong and significant correlation All other domains and the total score of GHQ-12 had negative, moderate and significant correlations.


Screening with GHQ-12 as well as offering the possibility of early diagnosis and treatment, is also important to prevent impairment in all areas of quality of life among women. Early diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems of women with risk factors such as exposure to domestic violence and low socio-economic status are the intervention areas with priority.

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