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Anales de la Facultad de Medicina

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RAMOS CARDENAS, Mayra Alejandra  y  RIVERA FELIX, Lauro Marcoantonio. Association between postpartum depression and partner support in a maternal childhood center from Lima. An. Fac. med. [online]. 2022, vol.83, n.1, pp.19-24.  Epub 17-Mar-2022. ISSN 1025-5583.


Postpartum depression is a pathology characterized by feelings of sadness and guilt after delivery and during the first year. The importance of partner support during this new and difficult stage for postpartum women is of great help given that mothers do not feel alone, eliminating to a certain degree the sadness that could be generated by difficulties in raising the baby in addition to this, the trigger for hormonal decline.


To determine the association between postpartum depression and partner support in women from a maternal and child center in Lima, 2020.


Observational, descriptive correlational, cross-sectional study whose sample was 122 women who met the inclusion and exclusion criteria in whom the Edinburgh Scale and the Partner Support Scale were applied. Spearman's Rho Correlation coefficient was applied in the inferential statistical analysis.


Of the total number of women who participated in the study, 20.5% tested positive for postpartum depression (PPD). According to the dimensions of partner support and its correlation with PPD, it was shown that emotional support was Rho = -0.464; instrumental support, Rho = -0.402; and informational support, Rho = -0.388. An inverse and moderate correlation was demonstrated in each of the dimensions.


Partner support is inversely related to postpartum depression in women. The participation of the couple in the postpartum period could reduce the chances of developing this pathology within the first year postpartum.

Palabras clave : Postpartum Depression; Social Support; Postpartum Period; Women; Men; Peru.

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