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The relationship of sociology-economic status to Post Partum Depression.


Caroline H. Balahibo,
 S. Concepcion C.,
Ken Levy J. Deloso,
Catherine B. Soliman

Publication Information

Publication Type
Thesis Degree
Publication Date
October 2008


As future health professionals, we will be dealing with a variety of clientele with different health cases or situations. In this research, we chose to focus on the post partum clients and the cases of post-partum depression. The exact number of women with depression during this time is unknown. But researchers believe that depression is one of the most common complications during and after pregnancy. Often, the depression is not recognized or treated, because some normal pregnancy changes cause similar symptoms and are happening at the same time. Tiredness, problems sleeping, stronger emotional reactions, and changes in body weight may occur during pregnancy and after pregnancy. But these symptoms may also be signs of depression.

In significance to today's continuous economic regression, most of our countrymen are still striving to survive with all the basic necessities of their everyday living. But with the ever growing population, this may seem to be a great deal afoot. Family growth is the one thing that is unavoidable in many cases, and this, for us is the very source of all the problems occurring inside the family, and nevertheless, in our society. Having to expect another member of the family may seem wonderfully exciting to parents. However, it also entails the concern of having additional financial responsibility. In the case of the mother, she does not only have to worry about this, but she also has to endure the complications of pregnancy. All these apprehensions, piled up one after the other, might most probably cause depression.

This research is limited to focusing on the socio economic status of post-partum patients who might be experiencing post-partum depression. Our respondents consist of 100 postnatal women. We selected a barangay health center, a public hospital and a maternity clinic to gather information. The research is conducted in a span of three weeks. Questionnaires and interview methods were used to gather the needed information.


This research aims to answer the following questions:
1. What are the main factors/reasons that postnatal patients experience this syndrome?
2. Is there a relative relationship between the socio-economic status and post-partum depression of postnatal women?
3. Do mothers who have fewer financial resources have a higher tendency of experiencing post-partum depression than those who have more resources?
4. Patients who belong in which status needs more attention from the health care providers esp. the attending nurse, in terms of their vulnerability to post-partum depression.


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