Casamento, intimidade, suporte social e depressão na gravidez

  • Litícia Cardoso Moreira (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Pregnancy can predispose women to stress and depression, being the social support and intimacy the protective factors of the development of these disorders. This study assessed the relationship between stress (several stressores), social support, intimacy and depression, as well as the predictors of mental health and the impact of sociodemographic variables on psychosocial variables, in a sample of 169 pregnant women attending the classes of preparation for childbirth in ACES Cávado III. The results reveals that pregnant married women have higher social support and less depression compared to unmarried women, as well as pregnant women with greater satisfaction with the intimacy, presents greater social support and mental health and pregnant women with greater lack of stress have less intimacy and social support. Depression is predicted by stress (β=.431, p<.01) and social support (β=-.283, p<.01), with the model to explain 36% of the variance. Additionally, religious pregnant women present greater intimacy, less depression and stress, compared to atheistic pregnant women. The financial stress displays a negative relationship with intimacy and social support and positive with the depression. In short, with the results obtained, it is considered pertinent the creation of support networks and stress intervention for the promotion of mental health of pregnant women
Date of Award20 May 2015
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorEleonora C. V. Costa (Supervisor)


  • Social support
  • Relational intimacy
  • Marital status
  • Depression
  • Pregnancy


  • Mestrado em Psicologia Clínica e da Saúde

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