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Factors affecting postpartum depression in Turkish women

      Highlights

      • Postpartum depression increases in mothers with cognitive emotion regulation difficulties.
      • The risk of developing postpartum depression increases in mothers with low emotional intelligence.
      • The incidence of postpartum depression increases in mothers who experience emotional violence.
      • Mothers not attending regular antenatal follow-ups are more susceptible to PPD symptoms.
      • Mothers having a psychological/emotional problem during pregnancy and postpartum period more susceptible to PPD symptoms.

      Abstract

      Aim

      To assess the effects of cognitive emotion regulation, emotional intelligence status and related factors on postpartum depression (PPD) in postpartum women.

      Design and methods

      This descriptive and cross-sectional study was conducted in 268 mothers with babies aged 1–12 months. The study was carried out between 01 November 2021 and 01 February 2022 in the pediatric outpatient clinic of the Medical Faculty Hospital of a province in the Central Anatolian Region of Turkey. Data were collected using the sociodemographic and obstetric data collection form, Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire–Short Form (CERQ), and Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire–Short Form (TEIQue-SF).

      Results

      Seventy-one (26.5 %) mothers received scores above the cut-off point (>13) in the depression scale. Experiencing emotional violence, having cognitive emotion regulation difficulties, and low emotional intelligence characteristics affected the risk of developing postpartum depression by 16 % (F = 13.757, p < 0.001).

      Conclusion

      Exposure to emotional violence, cognitive emotion regulation, and emotional intelligence status reveal that they are important in identifying women at risk of PPD. These findings highlight the need for nurses to develop comprehensive cognitive emotion regulation and emotional intelligence traits assessment programs, including depression screening.

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