Assessment of Burden of Depression During Pregnancy Among Pregnant Women Residing in Rural Setting of ChennaiCorrespondence Address :
Dr. Surapaneni Krishna Mohan,
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Saveetha Medical College & Hospital, Faculty of Medicine,
Saveetha University, Saveetha Nagar, Thandalam, Chennai - 602 105, Tamilnadu, India.
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Introduction: Depression during perinatal period leads to adverse pregnancy outcome and of child growth. Our study aimed to examine the burden of antenatal depression and associated risk factors among pregnant women living in rural settings of Chennai, a southern state of India.
Materials and Methods: A pilot cross-sectional study was conducted in the rural settings of Chennai, one of the Southern States of India during August through September 2013. Hundred pregnant women who agreed to participate were enrolled in this study. Edinburg postnatal depression scale was used to assess the depression level of the study participants. Information was also gathered about socio-demographics, obstetric and disease history, social support and marital satisfaction was gathered. Descriptive analysis was performed using univariate statistics to report means and standard deviations for the continuous variables and frequency distribution for the categorical variables.
Results: Majority of the participants (65%) had scored 13 or higher on the Edinburg Depression Scale reflecting high likelihood of depression. Majority of the participants (66%) had been bothered due to low feeling, depressed or hopelessness during the previous month. Enriched marital satisfaction scale (p=.025) had shown significant association with Edinburg depression scale.
Conclusion: Pregnancy is very crucial period not only for mother but whole family. This study has shown very high frequency of depression among the participants. There is a need for a longitudinal study to design interventions that can address emerging burden of antenatal depression among pregnant women living in rural settings.
Antenatal, Marital satisfaction, Pregnancy, Rural
Nivetha Srinivasan, Shruti Murthy, Awnish K Singh, Vandana Upadhyay, Surapaneni Krishna Mohan, Ashish Joshi. ASSESSMENT OF BURDEN OF DEPRESSION DURING PREGNANCY AMONG PREGNANT WOMEN RESIDING IN RURAL SETTING OF CHENNAI. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2015 April [cited: 2019 Feb 19 ]; 9:LC08-LC12. Available from
Date of Submission: Dec 02, 2014
Date of Peer Review: Jan 12, 2015
Date of Acceptance: Jan 13, 2015
Date of Publishing: Apr 01, 2015
Financial OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
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