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BARBOSA, Maria Aparecida Rodrigues da Silva  and  ANGELO, Margareth. Experiences and meanings of post-partum depression in women in the family context. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2016, vol.15, n.42, pp.232-255. ISSN 1695-6141.

Objectives: To understand the experiences and meanings of maternal post-partum depression for the woman and her family; To develop a theoretical model representative of the woman and her family's experience. Method: Qualitative study that had as a guiding theoretical referential the Symbolic Interactionism and as a methodological referential the Grounded Theory. The participants of this study were women who had post-partum depression and their families, recruited through public hospitals and basic health units in the municipality of Cuiabá-MT. The data were collected through in-depth interviews with the woman and family. Results: The theoretical model "Oscillating between the support and the need to maintain control" represents the perceptions and strategies present in the experience of the woman and her family aiming at adapting family life to the circumstances of life affected by depression. Conclusions: Control and support constitute the core symbolic elements of how the woman with post-partum depression and her family deal with the experience from the onset of the symptoms until the results of the diagnosis.

Keywords : Family; Family relationships; Nursing; Post-partum depression.

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