Incidence of Postpartum Depression and Influencing Factors: A Cohort Study from Turkey

Research Article




Woman, Pregnancy, Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Depression Risk Factors, Cohort Study


Objective: Postpartum depression, one of the common mental problems in the perinatal period, is an important public health problem that needs to be diagnosed and intervened in the early period. This study aimed to determine the incidence of postpartum depression and its affecting factors.

Method: The study is cohort-type. Data were collected using the Personal Information Form, Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS), State Anxiety Inventory (SAI)/Trait Anxiety Inventory (TAI), and Edinburg Postpartum Depression Scale (EPPDS).

Results: The incidence of postpartum depression in women is 13.5%. Postpartum depression levels are higher in those who have low MSPSS scores and TAI scores and those who think that the baby has a negative impact on their marriage (p<0.05). However, the negative impact of the baby on marriage is the most crucial factor that increases the risk of postpartum depression by 5.3 times.

Conclusion: The study found that postpartum depression is still a common problem among mothers and that the negative impact of the baby on the marriage is the critical factor that increases the incidence of postpartum depression. In order to prevent postpartum depression, it is recommended to implement co-parental adjustment support programs for parents.


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Çetinkaya, E., Koruk, F., & Koruk, İbrahim. (2024). Incidence of Postpartum Depression and Influencing Factors: A Cohort Study from Turkey: Research Article. Acta Medica Ruha, 2(2), 77–85.



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