Risk Factors of Postpartum Depression in Rural Areas of Isfahan Province, Iran

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Title: Risk Factors of Postpartum Depression in Rural Areas of Isfahan Province, Iran
Authors: Kheirabadi, Gholam-Reza
Maracy, Mohamad-Reza
Barekatain, Majid
Casey, Patricia R.
et al.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5809
Date: Sep-2009
Abstract: Background: Postpartum depression is defined as a major depressive episode that occurs within four weeks after delivery. However, investigators describe a dramatic increase in the incidence of mood disorders after childbirth with the largest risk during 90 days after delivery. We aimed to study the risk factors of postpartum depression in women living in rural areas of Isfahan Province in Iran. Methods: We assessed 6627 women, two to 12 months after delivery, for depression and putative risk factors. Results: Unemployment, low education, mothers' young age, undesired gender of the child, unplanned pregnancy, and history of depression were the main risk factors of postpartum depression. History of depression, low education, primiparity, unplanned pregnancy, and undesired gender of the child had the highest risk score for postpartum depression in this group of Iranian women. Conclusion: Risk factors of postpartum depression in Isfahan Province were very similar to other studies, but the negative impact of low level of education, unplanned pregnancy, and undesired gender of the child on postnatal depression seems to be characteristic of this population.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Academy of the Medical Sciences of the I.R. Iran
Keywords: Cultural aspect;Iran;Isfahan;Postpartum depression;Risk factors
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Medicine Research Collection

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