Depression, perceived stress, and social support among first-time Chinese mothers and fathers in the postpartum period

Authors

  • Ling-ling Gao,

    1. School of Nursing, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China
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    • Lecturer.

  • Sally Wai-chi Chan,

    Corresponding author
    1. The Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, People's Republic of China
    • The Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, People's Republic of China.
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    • Professor.

  • Qing Mao

    1. The Medical College, Putian University, People's Republic of China
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    • Associate Professor.


  • We would like to thank all the participants of this study.

Abstract

We compared the prevalence of depression in the postpartum period and its relationship with perceived stress and social support in first-time mothers and fathers. A cross-sectional study was conducted in mainland China with a convenience sample of 130 pairs of parents. Measures taken at 6–8 weeks after delivery included the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, the Perceived Stress Scale, and the Social Support Rating Scale. Eighteen (13.8%) of the mothers and 14 (10.8%) of the fathers were suffering from depression. No signficant differences were found in their prevalence rates. Perceived stress, social support, and partner's depression were significantly associated with depression. These findings suggest counseling, support, and routine screening for depression should be provided to both mothers and fathers. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 32:50–58, 2009

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