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PEDROTTI, Bruna Gabriella  and  FRIZZO, Giana Bitencourt. Influence of infant's arrival on marital relationship in the context of postpartum depression: mother's perspective. Pensando fam. [online]. 2019, vol.23, n.1, pp. 73-88. ISSN 1679-494X.

The present study investigated the mother’s perspective about the influence of infant´s arrival on marital relationship in the context of postpartum depression. A mother, 38 years old, whose family consisting of a husband, 33, her two 1/2 year old daughter and the 10-month-son participated in this study. The interview analysis used four concepts: power and equality, adaptability, cohesion and communicative processes was used as the guiding principle of the analysis. Difficulties were observed as an imbalance of power in the relationship (especially regarding the division of tasks by the couple), difficulties of adaptation of the couple to the new demands, negative impact on the communication and expression of affections and feelings, as well as dysfunctional resolution strategies of problems. The results of this study corroborate the findings of the literature, which characterize this life cycle transition as a time of family and marital crisis, which is aggravated by the context of maternal depression.

Keywords : Conjugality; Marital relationships; Postpartum depression; Parenting.

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