Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 40, Issue 9, pp 725–730 | Cite as

Risk factors for depression in the first postnatal year

A Turkish study
  • Tacettin Inandi
  • Resul Bugdayci
  • Pinar Dundar
  • Haldun Sumer
  • Tayyar Sasmaz
Original Paper



The aim of the study was to identify risk factors for depression and to estimate its prevalence in postnatal mothers.


This cross-sectional and multi-centre study was carried out on 1,350 Turkish women in their first postnatal year. Measures included a structured questionnaire and the Turkish version of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS).


Of the women, 31.1% had a score of 13 or higher on the EPDS. The mean score and standard deviation was 9.8±5.7. In the multivariate analysis, EPDS scores were significantly associated with economic status, access to support from family members and close friends, emotional distress at the pregnancy, whether the pregnancy was planned, health problems during pregnancy, the perceived standard of baby care after delivery, and mental disorder before and during pregnancy.


The prevalence of EPDS-based depression among Turkish women in postnatal the period was high, and was associated with several social, economic and demographical factors.

Key words

depression postnatal risk factors Turkish women 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tacettin Inandi
    • 1
    • 5
  • Resul Bugdayci
    • 2
  • Pinar Dundar
    • 3
  • Haldun Sumer
    • 4
  • Tayyar Sasmaz
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Public HealthMedical Faculty of Mustafa Kemal UniversityHatayTurkey
  2. 2.Dept. of Public HealthMedical Faculty of Mersin UniversityMersinTurkey
  3. 3.Dept. of Public HealthMedical Faculty of Celal Bayar UniversityManisaTurkey
  4. 4.Dept. of Public HealthMedical Faculty of Cumhuriyet UniversitySivasTurkey
  5. 5.Mustafa Kemal Universitesi Tip FakultesiHatayTurkey

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