Depressive symptomatology and grief in Spanish women who have suffered a perinatal loss

Isabel Ridaura, Eva Penelo, Rosa M. Raich

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Abstract

© 2017 Psicothema. Background: Perinatal grief differs from other types of mourning. Two goals were set: to describe the progression of the process of grief and the symptoms of depression throughout the year following perinatal loss, and to study its association with socio-economic and obstetric factors. Method: The study involved the participation of 70 women who had suffered a medical termination of pregnancy or a prenatal/postnatal death. Three assessments were made after the loss (after 1 month, 6 months and 1 year) with the Perinatal Grief Scale (PGS) to assess grief and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) for depressive symptomatology. Results: Symptoms pertaining to grief and depression were observed in the first month after the loss, and a significant decrease in scores over the two follow-ups. No significant differences were observed in grief and depression depending on the type of loss, no significant associations were found with the age of the mother, her socioeconomic level, or obstetric factors (week of gestation of the loss, having a child or having suffered a previous miscarriage). Conclusions: Perinatal grief is a complex construct, with multiple variables involved, and one which involves significant emotional discomfort.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-48
JournalPsicothema
Volume29
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Medical interruption of pregnancy
  • Perinatal grief
  • Perinatal grief scale

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