Publications by authors named "Fernanda Teixeira Coelho"

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Brief cognitive behavioral therapy in pregnant women at risk of postpartum depression: Pre-post therapy study in a city in southern Brazil.

J Affect Disord 2021 Jul 30;290:15-22. Epub 2021 Apr 30.

Catholic University of Pelotas, Brazil; PQ CNPq, Brazil.

Background: Postpartum depression (PPD) affects a high number of women, often the first manifestation of a mood disorder that will occur later in life, bringing serious consequences for the patient and her offspring. Depression today is the leading cause of disability worldwide. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a preventive cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for PPD.

Methods: Pre-post therapy study, as part of a population-based cohort study. Pregnant women without a diagnosis of depression participated, who were divided into two groups: risk of depression (CBT) and a control group (without therapy). The preventive therapy consisted of six sessions of CBT, administered weekly. The Outcome Questionnaire (OQ-45) was used in all sessions. The Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview and Beck Depression Inventory-II were used on three occasions. The final statistical analyses were performed by Poisson regression.

Results: The prevalence of PPD in the risk group was 5.5% and in the control group 2.2%, with no difference between the groups (PR 1.66 95% CI 0.44-6.18). The OQ-45 averages gradually reduced during the therapy sessions, indicating therapeutic progress. Schooling was an associated factor, both with the manifestation of PPD and with the greater effectiveness of the therapy.

Limitations: Rate of 40.5% refusal to preventive treatment and absence of a group with similar characteristics in another therapy model.

Conclusions: Brief cognitive behavioral therapy applied by mental health professionals with basic training was effective in preventing the manifestation of PPD.
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July 2021

Childhood trauma and depressive symptoms in pregnant adolescents in Southern Brazil.

Int J Public Health 2020 Mar 19;65(2):197-205. Epub 2019 Nov 19.

Postgraduate Programme in Health and Behavior, Catolic University of Pelotas-UCPel, Pelotas, RS, Brazil.

Objectives: This study aimed to investigate the association between child maltreatment and depressive symptomatology during gestation in adolescents.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional study with pregnant adolescents aged 12 to 19 years. Data were collected with the Beck Depression Inventory, Childhood Trauma Questionnaire, and Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview.

Results: Compared to adolescents who did not experience each type of neglect or abuse, experiencing them was associated with a higher proportion of depressive symptoms: emotional neglect PR = 1.4 (95% CI 1.1; 1.8); physical neglect PR = 1.7 (95% CI 1.3; 1.7); emotional abuse PR = 1.8 (95% CI 1.4; 2.2); and physical abuse PR = 1.3 (95% CI 1.1; 1.7).

Conclusions: This study demonstrates the association between childhood experiences and mental health in adolescence, especially in vulnerable samples, such as pregnant adolescents. This finding reveals the importance of studying early trauma in life and enabling preventive help, especially in adolescents. High-quality evidence of perinatal mental health problems should be generated to make pregnancy safer for women in low- and middle-income countries.
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March 2020

Prevalence of mental health problems in preschoolers and the impact of maternal depression.

Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2020 May 7;29(5):605-616. Epub 2019 Aug 7.

Postgraduate Programme in Health and Behavior, Catholic University of Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil.

A large number of children of depressed mothers have one or more mental disorders. This study aimed to evaluate the impact of maternal depression on the mental health of 4-5-year-old children of adolescent mothers, according to the hypotheses generated from the model of accumulation. Between October 2009 and March 2011, all pregnant adolescents who received prenatal care from the public health system in Pelotas (southern Brazil) were invited to participate in the study and have been prospectively followed. Of these individuals, 413 participants were evaluated in the postpartum period and when the child was 2-3 years old and 4-5 years old (current stage). The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire was used to assess mental health problems in children, and the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI)-Plus version was used to assess maternal depression. We applied a structured modeling approach to examine the relations between three different hypothesized life course models (accumulation, critical period, and mobility) and maternal depression. After selecting the most appropriate model, we used a logistic regression analysis to assess the effect of depression on mental health problems in 4-5-year-old children of adolescent mothers. We used the Chi square test to estimate the prevalence of mental health problems in 4-5-year-old children. The longer the time of exposure to maternal depression, the greater the probability that the child would present behavioral problems. Investments in strategies to prevent mental disorders beginning in the gestational period are important.
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May 2020

The perception of parental bonding in pregnant adolescents and its association with generalized anxiety disorder.

Eur Psychiatry 2018 10 24;54:51-56. Epub 2018 Aug 24.

Postgraduate Programme in Health and Behavior, Catholic University of Pelotas (UCPel) - Gonçalves Chaves, 377 - 411 C - CEP: 96015-560 Pelotas, RS Brazil.

Background: The parental bonding is influenced by two dimensions: care and control or protection over the child of both parents. The lack of care during childhood may make the individual more susceptible to the onset of psychiatric disorders when adult. These psychiatric disorders when present during pregnancy may have a negative impact on the health of pregnant women and children. The aim of this study was to assess the association between generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in pregnant adolescents and the perception of parental bonding.

Methods: This is a cross-sectional study with 871 pregnant women under the age of 19, receiving prenatal care in 47 Basic Health Units in the one city, Brazil. The generalized anxiety disorder was measured using the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) and the perception of parental bonding in childhood using the Parental Bonding Instrument (PBI).

Results: The prevalence of GAD was 8.5%. Among all the parental bonding dimensions, only a perceived lack of maternal care under 16 years was associated with GAD.

Conclusions: The results showed that only the perception of maternal bonding was associated with later GAD. It suggests that an adequate maternal bond is an essential component of psychological health.
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October 2018