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

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Abbasi, M., van den Akker, O. and Bewley, C. 2014. Persian couples’ experiences of depressive symptoms and health-related quality of life in the pre- and perinatal period. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology. 35 (1), pp. 16-21. https://doi.org/10.3109/0167482X.2013.865722
TypeArticle
TitlePersian couples’ experiences of depressive symptoms and health-related quality of life in the pre- and perinatal period
AuthorsAbbasi, M., van den Akker, O. and Bewley, C.
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.

Research GroupApplied Health Psychology group
PublisherInforma Healthcare
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology
ISSN0167-482X
Publication dates
Online06 Jan 2014
Print01 Mar 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited27 Jan 2014
Accepted11 Nov 2013
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3109/0167482X.2013.865722
LanguageEnglish
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