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Revista Mal Estar e Subjetividade

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SARAIVA, Evelyn Rúbia de Albuquerque  and  COUTINHO, Maria da Penha de Lima. O sofrimento psíquico no puerpério: um estudo psicossociológico. Rev. Mal-Estar Subj. [online]. 2008, vol.8, n.2, pp. 505-527. ISSN 1518-6148.

This study was anchored in the Theory of the Social Representations, searching to recognize the common denominator concerning post partum depression and the maternal experience elaborated by post partum mothers with depressive symptomology. This descriptive research was administered in a public health service in João Pessoa, Paraíba. The sample was constituted of 20 mothers with depressive symptomology, evaluated by the Edinburgh Scale, an instrument for tracking post partum depression. The participants went through an in depth interview and after the information was recorded and transcribed, it was treated by the Analysis of Thematic Content. The mothers anchored the social representations of port partum depression in its triggering factors, objectified in the social-economic adversities, conflicting family and amorous relationships. Maternity was anchored in the experiences lived deeply in the post partum, objectified in the psychoaffective ambivalence, being overwhelmed by taking care of a baby and the family, in the changes in the feminine identity and the future expectations in relation to family life. This study, under the psycho-sociologic viewpoint, allowed us to understand how a post partum depressed mother feels in relation to herself, the events of her daily life, about the maternal experience and her social environment. The results suggest the necessity of the elaboration of public politics differentiated programs in collective health system directed toward the feminine community during her reproductive phase, in order to give visibility and treatment to the present psychic suffering in the gravid-puerperal cycle.

Keywords : psychic suffering; post partum depression; maternity; puerperal; social representations.

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