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Original Research Article

Year: 2018 | Month: June | Volume: 8 | Issue: 6 | Pages: 30-34

Prevalence and Correlates of Psychological Morbidity among Pregnant Women in South Western Nigeria

Dada Mobolaji Usman1, Akintayo Akintayo2, Aduloju Olusola Peter2,
Oluwole Lateef Olutoyin1, Obadeji Adetunji1

1Consultant Psychiatrist, Department of psychiatry, Ekiti State University. Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria
2Consultant Gynaecologist, Department of obstetrics and gynaecology, 
Ekiti State University. Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria

Corresponding Author: Dada Mobolaji Usman


Background: Studies have identified a high prevalence of psychological disorders among pregnant women; few studies have explored this association in this environment.
Aims and objectives: the study is aimed at determining the prevalence and correlates of psychological morbidity in a group of pregnant women.
Method: Two hundred and thirty-seven pregnant women were recruited for the study. They were assessed with a socio-demographic questionnaire (including obstetric history), the General Health Questionnaire-12 (GHQ-12) and the Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) questionnaire.
Results: The prevalence of psychological morbidity among the pregnant women was 36.7%, and the major factors associated with morbidity were insomnia and having previous abortions.
Conclusion: Pregnant women are a vulnerable group to psychological morbidity and will require psychological support.

Key words: Psychological, morbidity, women, insomnia, anxiety, depression.

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