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Postpartum psychiatric illness in Arab culture: prevalence and psychosocial correlates.
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PMID:  9328498     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: There have been numerous studies of the prevalence of postpartum depression and its putative risk factors in Western Europe and North America, but very few studies in developing countries including the Arab world. METHOD: Ninety-five women admitted to the New Dubai Hospital in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for childbirth were studied. All subjects were assessed in the postpartum period using clinical and socio-cultural instruments: the Self Report Questionnaire (SRQ) at day 2, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) at day 7, and the Present State Examination (PSE) at week 8 +/- 2 and week 30 +/- 2 after delivery. RESULTS: The prevalence rate of psychiatric morbidity was 24.5% by the SRQ, 17.8% by the EPDS, and 15.8% by the PSE. A number of psychosocial factors emerged as putative risk factors for postpartum depression. CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence rates of postpartum psychiatric morbidity and its risk factors in this Arab culture are similar to the results obtained in numerous previous studies in industrialised countries. These findings have implications for the early detection and care of women at risk for postpartum depression.
R Ghubash; M T Abou-Saleh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science     Volume:  171     ISSN:  0007-1250     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1997 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-10-28     Completed Date:  1997-10-28     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0342367     Medline TA:  Br J Psychiatry     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  65-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.
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MeSH Terms
Arab World*
Depression, Postpartum / epidemiology*
Prospective Studies
Psychology, Social
Risk Factors
United Arab Emirates / epidemiology
Comment In:
Br J Psychiatry. 1998 Mar;172:277-8   [PMID:  9643965 ]

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