Literature Review
Volume 5 Issue 11 - 2021
Prevalence of Maternal Depression and Anxiety during COVID-19 Pandemic
Shafi U Bhuiyan1,2*, Housne Begum2,3, Tasmia Tazrin2, Fouzia Uzma2, Surbhi Singh2, Erum Zaidi2, Nurullhude Ziya2 and Romana Sheikh2
1University of Toronto, Canada
2Ryerson University, Canada
3McMaster University, Canada
*Corresponding Author: Shafi U Bhuiyan, University of Toronto and Ryerson University, Canada.
Received: September 21, 2021; Published: October 21, 2021


Introduction: The declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the mental well-being of individuals globally, among which the maternal population is among the most vulnerable. This study aims to explore the prevalence of maternal depression and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Materials and Methods: This article is a rapid review, consisting of a compilation of 18 related studies to investigate the prevalence of depression and anxiety in maternal women. The studies were selected based on our pre-set inclusion and exclusion criteria. The databases used are PubMed, Google Scholar, Medline (Ovid), and EMBASE with the following keywords: “maternal”, “depression”, “anxiety”, “COVID-19” and “pandemic”.

Results: The data from 18 studies were assembled to formulate this rapid review. Multiple scales such as the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scale, Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale, and more, were used in the 18 studies. The total number of participants was 47,237, and the studies included data from 9 different countries, where the prevalence of depression ranged from 11.40% to 58% and of anxiety ranging from 8.30% to 72%.

Conclusion: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic had increased the prevalence of maternal depression and anxiety around the world. As COVID-19 is an ongoing issue, more studies are required to find the correlation between the pandemic and its effect on maternal mental health, as well as develop new strategies and effective interventions to alleviate the effects of COVID-19 on the maternal population.

Keywords: Maternal; Depression; Anxiety; COVID-19; Pandemic


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