The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of postpartum depression in a regular clinical setting among Chilean women. The Postpartum Depression Screening Scale, Spanish Version was used to assess symptoms of depression. Chilean women (45%) reported depressive symptoms including suicidal thoughts, sleeping/eating disturbances, and emotional stability. Factors that predicted the probability of PPD included attitudes concerning pregnancy, social support, and tobacco use. Routine screening for PPD could make a difference in prevention, prompt diagnosis, and management of postpartum depression in developing countries.
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|Health Care for Women International
|Published - Oct 2011
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Data collection for this study was supported by the Universidad de Tarapaca, Research Grant VRA #0.559/2007, code 4751-07, awarded to Dr. Quelopana while on the faculty of the College of Midwifery for the research project “Association of Violence and Postpartum Depression in Arica.” We thank Macarena Utreras, a certified Chilean midwife, for her valuable collaboration in the data collection process, and Dr. Lynne Hall, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, University of Kentucky College of Nursing, for editorial assistance.
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