Publications by authors named "Gabriela Kurz da Cunha"

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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 Apr 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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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.04.031DOI Listing
April 2021

Maternal-fetal attachment and perceived parental bonds of pregnant women.

Early Hum Dev 2021 Mar 22;154:105310. Epub 2021 Jan 22.

Postgraduate Program in Health and Behavior, Catholic University of Pelotas (UCPel), Gonçalves Chaves, 373 - 411 C, 96015-560 Pelotas, RS, Brazil. Electronic address:

Background: The parental bond is characterized by the perception of care and protection received by parental figures throughout human development. During the gestational period, the intensity in which the woman manifests behaviors and feelings for the fetus was denominated maternal-fetal attachment (MFA). In this perspective, the literature indicates that there is association between MFA and the pregnant woman's perception about the bond established with her parents.

Aims: This study aimed to evaluate the association between MFA and perceived parental bonds of pregnant women in the city of Pelotas/RS (Brazil).

Study Design: This is a cohort study with 839 women during their gestational period. All women answered to the Parental Bonding Instrument to investigate the perceived parental bonds, and the MFA was assessed through the Maternal-Fetal Attachment Scale.

Results: The main results showed that perceived paternal overprotection was associated with a higher MFA after adjustment (B 2.00 CI95% 0.30; 3.70). Additionally, the pregnant women who were in the first trimester of pregnancy (p < 0.001), who did not live with a partner (p = 0.018), and who did not feel supported by the baby's father during pregnancy (p = 0.014) presented lower scores of MFA.

Conclusion: This study showed the importance of the paternal role in the women's life, considering the perception of the bond with their father during their development, an adequate support by the father of the baby, and the presence of a partner during pregnancy. As a result, the paternal role may influence the feelings and behaviors of greater affection, care, and concern regarding the fetus.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2021.105310DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7910275PMC
March 2021

Maternal-fetal attachment and perceived parental bonds of pregnant women.

Early Hum Dev 2021 Mar 22;154:105310. Epub 2021 Jan 22.

Postgraduate Program in Health and Behavior, Catholic University of Pelotas (UCPel), Gonçalves Chaves, 373 - 411 C, 96015-560 Pelotas, RS, Brazil. Electronic address:

Background: The parental bond is characterized by the perception of care and protection received by parental figures throughout human development. During the gestational period, the intensity in which the woman manifests behaviors and feelings for the fetus was denominated maternal-fetal attachment (MFA). In this perspective, the literature indicates that there is association between MFA and the pregnant woman's perception about the bond established with her parents.

Aims: This study aimed to evaluate the association between MFA and perceived parental bonds of pregnant women in the city of Pelotas/RS (Brazil).

Study Design: This is a cohort study with 839 women during their gestational period. All women answered to the Parental Bonding Instrument to investigate the perceived parental bonds, and the MFA was assessed through the Maternal-Fetal Attachment Scale.

Results: The main results showed that perceived paternal overprotection was associated with a higher MFA after adjustment (B 2.00 CI95% 0.30; 3.70). Additionally, the pregnant women who were in the first trimester of pregnancy (p < 0.001), who did not live with a partner (p = 0.018), and who did not feel supported by the baby's father during pregnancy (p = 0.014) presented lower scores of MFA.

Conclusion: This study showed the importance of the paternal role in the women's life, considering the perception of the bond with their father during their development, an adequate support by the father of the baby, and the presence of a partner during pregnancy. As a result, the paternal role may influence the feelings and behaviors of greater affection, care, and concern regarding the fetus.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7910275PMC
March 2021

Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depressive Symptoms and the Occurrence of Stressors Events in a Probabilistic Sample of Pregnant Women.

Psychiatr Q 2021 Mar;92(1):123-133

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

The aim of the study is to verify the association between GAD, the severity of depressive symptoms and stressors in pregnant women between the first and second trimester. Cross-sectional study, part of a cohort that followed 980 women during the gestational period of a city in southern Brazil. We performed bivariate analysis using the t-test and chi-square. The variables that presented p ≤ 0.20 were taken for multivariate analysis, through logistic regression, in order to control possible confounding factors. The Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview Plus was used to evaluate GAD, the severity of depressive symptoms was investigated through the Beck Inventory of Depression II, and stress events according to the Social Readjustment Assessment Scale of Holmes e Rahe. The sample consisted of 980 women. Women with mild depression symptoms had 9.8 (IC95% 4.6;21.0) times more GAD, those with moderate symptoms had 27.5 (IC95% 12.5;60.0) times more GAD, and those with severe symptoms had 52.9 (IC95% 19.1;146.5) times more GAD when compared to pregnant women with no symptoms or minimal symptoms. Regarding the stressful events, the pregnant women who presented GAD had an increase of 1.0 (IC95% 1.0;1.1) point in the mean of occurrence of stressor events when compared to those without GAD. These findings highlight the need for prevention strategies and interventions to promote maternal mental health, which benefit the development of infants in the long term.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11126-020-09763-0DOI Listing
March 2021

Thimerosal-containing vaccines and deficit in child development: Population-based study in southern Brazil.

Vaccine 2020 02 31;38(9):2216-2220. Epub 2020 Jan 31.

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

Background: The discussion on the safety of thimerosal-containing vaccines (TCVs) and their impact on child development it́s very relevant.

Methods: This is a cohort study with mother-child dyads who received prenatal care in the Unified Health System. The domains of motor, cognitive and language development were evaluated in children between 24 and 36 months of age. Data on vaccination were obtained through the child's immunization record. A linear regression analysis was carried out considering possible confounders.

Results: In bivariate analyses, motor and language development were associated with TCVs (p < 0.05). However, in the multivariate analysis, this association was not maintained (p > 0.05). These results indicate that the use of TCVs is not associated with child development. The importance of this study is summarized in transmitting relevant information regarding public health, based on reliable data.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.12.044DOI Listing
February 2020