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Revista médica de Chile

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DOIS, Angelina; URIBE, Claudia; VILLARROEL, Luis  and  CONTRERAS, Aixa. Risk factors for post partum depression. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2012, vol.140, n.6, pp.719-725. ISSN 0034-9887.

Background: Postpartum depression (PPD) is a public health problem with high prevalence in Chile. Many factors are associated with PPD. Aim: To analyze the factors associated with the incidence of depressive symptoms (SD) in women with low obstetric risk. Material and Methods: Cross-sectional analytical study on a sample of 105 postpartum women with low obstetric risk assessed by the Edinburgh Depression Scale at the eighth week postpartum. Results: A 37% prevalence of depressive symptoms was found. Univariate analysis showed that the perception of family functioning, overcrowding and number of siblings, were significantly associated with postpartum depressive symptoms. A multiple regression model only accepted family functioning as a predictor of depression. Conclusions: Perception of family functioning was the only variable that explained in part the presence of depressive symptoms in women with low obstetric risk.

Keywords : Depression; Life style; Low obstetric risk; Post partum period.

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