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Revista Psicologia e Saúde

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ARRAIS, Alessandra da Rocha; ARAUJO, Tereza Cristina Cavalcanti Ferreira de  and  SCHIAVO, Rafaela de Almeida. Gestational depression and anxiety related to postpartum depression and the preventive role of psychological pre-natal. Rev. Psicol. Saúde [online]. 2019, vol.11, n.2, pp. 23-34. ISSN 2177-093X.

INTRODUCTION: According to the literature, gestational anxiety and depression are risk factors for Postpartum Depression - PPD. An action research was undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of a program called Psychological Pre-Natal (PNP). An experimental field study was carried out in witch the sample consisted of 47 pregnant who participated in the PNP (Intervention Group - GI) and 29 who did not participate (Control Group - GC). INSTRUMENTS: Gestational Questionnaire, Beck Anxiety and Depression Inventory and Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale. There was a high prevalence (23.68%) of PPD risk. It was verify that only 10.64% of GI pregnant women presented a risk of developing it, as opposed to the CG women (44.83%). In GI, there was no association between gestational anxiety and depression with the symptoms of PPD (p < 0.05). In contrast, this fact was observed in the GC. CONCLUSION: the PNP is preventive in minimizing the risk of these factors for PPD.

Keywords : postpartum depression; depression; anxiety; prevention; psychological prenatal care.

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