Stress, maternal role competence, and satisfaction among Chinese women in the perinatal period†
Article first published online: 24 OCT 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 35, Issue 1, pages 30–39, February 2012
How to Cite
Ngai, F.-W. and Chan, S. W.-C. (2012), Stress, maternal role competence, and satisfaction among Chinese women in the perinatal period. Res. Nurs. Health, 35: 30–39. doi: 10.1002/nur.20464
We would like to express our sincere thanks to all women participated in the study.
- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 24 OCT 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 SEP 2011
- maternal role competence and satisfaction;
- perinatal period;
The changes in and relationships among stress, maternal role competence, and satisfaction in the perinatal period were examined using a longitudinal design. A convenience sample of 78 first-time Chinese mothers completed assessments of stress and maternal role competence during pregnancy and at 6 weeks and 6 months postpartum. Maternal stress increased and role competence declined during early motherhood, which highlighted the potential influence of stress on maternal role competence and satisfaction in the perinatal period. Culturally competent health care interventions should be developed to promote maternal competence and satisfaction, in particular during early motherhood, and to equip women with effective coping skills to deal with the stress of maternal role transition. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 35:30–39, 2012