Is unintended pregnancy a risk factor for depression in Iranian women?
AbstractA study was carried out to determine the association between unintended pregnancy and pre- and postpartum depression in 163 women in Kermanshah city, Islamic Republic of Iran. Using the self-administered Beck Depression Inventory for educated women and a special interview for illiterate women, 105 intended and 58 unintended pregnancies were studied. Of the 58 women with unintended pregnancy, 43% reported attempting to abort the fetus. Depression at 37 weeks' gestation was slightly higher in the unintended than the intended pregnancy group [53.4% versus 41.0%; relative risk = 1.3] and depression 10 days postpartum was much higher in the unintended group [48.7% versus 25.6%; relative risk = 1.9]. Screening for depression is recommended for pregnant women with unintended pregnancy
Iranfar, S., Shakeri, J., Ranjbar, M., Nazhad Jafar, P. & Razaie, M. (2005). Is unintended pregnancy a risk factor for depression in Iranian women?. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/116986
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 11 (4), 618-624, 2005
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