Effects of stress and social support on postpartum health of Chinese mothers in the United States†
Version of Record online: 29 OCT 2009
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Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 32, Issue 6, pages 582–591, December 2009
How to Cite
Cheng, C.-Y. and Pickler, R. H. (2009), Effects of stress and social support on postpartum health of Chinese mothers in the United States. Res. Nurs. Health, 32: 582–591. doi: 10.1002/nur.20356
The authors gratefully appreciate Dr. Lorraine O. Walker for her support and insightful guidance in conducting the study.
- Issue online: 11 NOV 2009
- Version of Record online: 29 OCT 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 SEP 2009
- social support;
- maternal competence;
- postnatal physical condition;
- postnatal depression
Postpartum maternal well being across cultures has received limited research attention. We examined relationships among stress, social support, and health in 152 Chinese mothers <1 year postpartum in the United States. These mothers did not perceive high levels of stress, although they did not receive as much support as they indicated they needed; 23.7% of mothers scored high for depressive symptoms. About half of the mothers experienced interrupted sleep, decrease in memory, and lack of sexual desire. All health measures were inter-correlated. Social support moderated the effects of stress on depressive symptoms. Culturally relevant care that is perceived as supportive may promote postpartum maternal health. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 32:582–591, 2009