Intervenção psicoterapêutica
: depressão e percepção de ajustamento diádico em casais grávidos

  • Mariana Azevedo Bessa (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Investigation of Postpartum Depression (PPD) have recently begun to developprojects aimed at treating depression during pregnancy, in order to avoid escalating thesymptoms of depression during the postpartum period (Zinga, Phillips & Born, 2005). Itis estimated that the prevalence of PPD in women is 10-20% and in men is 1-26%(Steiner & Yonker, 1998; Goodman, 2004, cit. in Gomez & Leal, 2006).The main goal of this study was to contribute to evaluate two methods ofintervention: attachment based couple intervention and cognitive-narrative intervention.We sought to understand the effectiveness of these programs in the prevention ofPPD, evaluating their effectiveness in depressive symptoms and perception of dyadicadjustment during pregnancy in both elements of the dyad. The results showed that cognitive-narrative intervention group achieved betterresults on the perception of dyadic adjustment, whereas the group that interventionwas associated with attachment based couple intervention, achieved better results interms of depressive symptoms. It appears that the presence of depressive symptoms isassociated with a lower perception of dyadic adjustment.
Date of Award2012
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorVânia Sousa Lima (Supervisor)


  • Postpartum depression
  • Pregnancy
  • Dyadic adjustment
  • Cognitive-narrative intervention
  • Attachment based couple intervention


  • Mestrado em Psicologia Clínica e da Saúde

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