Suicidal ideation during pregnancy: Prevalence and associated factors among low-income women in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Hsiang Huang, Alexandre Faisal-Cury, Ya Fen Chan, Karen Tabb, Wayne Katon, Paulo R. Menezes

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The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence and correlates of suicidal ideation among low-income pregnant women living in Brazil. We performed a cross-sectional analysis of 831 women surveyed during 20 to 30 weeks of pregnancy using the Self-Report Questionnaire-20. The prevalence of suicidal ideation was 6.3%. The factors associated with suicidal ideation were common mental disorders, single partner status, past psychiatric history, and smoking tobacco. All cases of suicidal ideation were associated with common mental disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-138
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Women's Mental Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • Commonmental disorders
  • Pregnancy
  • Prevalence
  • Suicidality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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