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Knowledge and awareness of depression among perinatal women attending maternal and child health clinics: a cross sectional study

Samsudin, Suhaiza and Mohd Arifin, Siti Roshaidai and Ab Razak, Fahimah and Hassan, Noor Artika (2020) Knowledge and awareness of depression among perinatal women attending maternal and child health clinics: a cross sectional study. International Journal of Advanced Science and Technology, 29 (6). pp. 1553-1558. ISSN 2005-4238 E-ISSN 2207-6360

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Abstract

Introduction: Perinatal depression is a significant mental and public health problem which occurs during pregnancy until the first year of postnatal period. It is worth to study on knowledge and awareness of perinatal depression is an essential element in managing the problem. This study aimed to assess knowledge and awareness of perinatal depression among perinatal women. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted at four selected maternal and child health clinics in Kuantan, Pahang. A validated self-administered questionnaire on knowledge and awareness of perinatal depression was distributed to 265 perinatal women. Data were analysed by using an independent sample t-test, Pearson correlation and simple linear regression. Results: The prevalence of perinatal depression was 20.4% (10.6% of antenatal and 9.6% of postnatal). Knowledge of perinatal depression among perinatal women had no significant association with antenatal and postnatal depressive symptoms (p=0.33 and p=0.24), respectively. It was found that there was no association between awareness of perinatal depression and depressive symptoms among the women. However, there was a positive linear relation between knowledge and awareness of perinatal depression (r=0.141, p=0.021). Conclusion: Knowledge and awareness of perinatal depression were similar among antenatal and postnatal women who were at risk and not at risk of the depression. However, it is important for health care practitioners to screen for perinatal depression and enhance knowledge and awareness of perinatal depression among women to reduce the number of perinatal depression.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6600/80296
Uncontrolled Keywords: antenatal, postnatal, perinatal depression, knowledge, awareness
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RT Nursing > RT71 Study and Teaching
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine > RZ400 Mental healing
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Nursing > Department of Professional Nursing Studies
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Community Medicine (Effective: 1st January 2011)
Kulliyyah of Nursing
Depositing User: Dr. Siti Roshaidai Mohd Arifin
Date Deposited: 13 May 2020 08:22
Last Modified: 13 May 2020 08:22
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/80296

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