Persian couples’ experiences of depressive symptoms and health-related quality of life in the pre- and perinatal period

Abbasi, Marzieh and van den Akker, Olga and Bewley, Chris (2014) Persian couples’ experiences of depressive symptoms and health-related quality of life in the pre- and perinatal period. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 35 (1). pp. 16-21. ISSN 0167-482X

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Abstract

Objectives: The aim of this study was to estimate the effect of changes in depressive symptoms on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in couples. This was examined before, during and after the pregnancy. In addition, (HRQoL) was examined in relation to the mode of delivery.

Methods: A prospective longitudinal study of 416 couples was conducted in two teaching hospitals in Tehran, Iran. The translated Medical Outcomes Study-Short Form 36 (SF-36) and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) were used to measure health-related quality of life and depressive symptoms respectively, and are reported here.

Results: The results showed that women and their spouses experienced a noticeable decline in their physical HRQoL during and after the pregnancy. However, their mental health functioning showed a significant improvement following conception. The prevalence of depressive symptoms was high but decreased over the course of the pregnancy. Finally, HRQoL was affected by mode of delivery.

Conclusions: The results show that women and their husbands experienced marked changes in perceived health-related functioning and depressive symptoms during and after pregnancy. In addition, the study found that those women who had undergone Cesarean section had higher mental well-being scores. Future research should determine the benefits of extending pre-conception and pre-natal guidelines on the benefits of regular physical activity throughout and after pregnancy in Persian couples.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
Item ID: 12988
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Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2014 16:20
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 11:10
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/12988

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