Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine (Mar 2018)

Influence of socio-economic factors on emotional changes during the postnatal period

  • Katarzyna Wszołek,
  • Ewa Żak,
  • Joanna Żurawska,
  • Jolanta Olszewska,
  • Beata Pięta,
  • Iwona Bojar

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 25, no. 1
pp. 41 – 45


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Objectives The aim of the study was to identify socio-economic factors that may influence the emotional changes which occur among new mothers in the first days postpartum. Material and Methods A group of 541 women completed a questionnaire consisting of 30 multiple-choice questions, Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Statistical calculations were performed with the use of Statistica v.10 and Cytel Studio v. 9.0.0. Results The findings revealed the presence of factors which might increase the risk of mood disorders during the postpartum period. Conclusions Women who demonstrate warning symptoms should be screened for postnatal emotional changes and mood swings during their hospitalization after delivery. EPDS seems to be a suitable tool for early detection of emotional disturbances.