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ALMEIDA, Alessandra Messias de  and  RIBEIRO, Rosangela Kátia Sanches Mazzorana. Depressive symptoms and associated factors in postpartum women at a teaching hospital in Cuiabá/MT. Mudanças [online]. 2020, vol.28, n.2, pp. 21-26. ISSN 0104-3269.

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a worldwide public health problem. The risk factors for its development can vary considering psychosocial aspects. This study aimed to identify depressive symptoms and associated factors in puerperal women at the Júlio Muller University Hospital (HUJM), in the city of Cuiabá - MT. 30 puerperal women participated, between 18 years and 39 years (M = 26.96 years). As instruments, semi-structured interviews and a PHQ-9 questionnaire were used. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and the simple linear regression model (Test F), which correlated interview data and PHQ-9 scores. As a result, it was found that the majority were multiparous, with low education and in a stable relationship. Half of the participants showed signs of risk for the development of PPD, with gestational stress being the main associated factor. The results show the importance of early identification of depressive symptoms and emphasize the importance of psychological assessment for such identification in the health area.

Keywords : Postpartum depression; Psychological Assessment; PHQ-9.

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