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Exploring the Association between Maternal Mood and Self-Reports of Sleep during the Perinatal Period
Version of Record online: 19 JUN 2014
© 2014 AWHONN, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Volume 43, Issue 4, pages 465–477, July/August 2014
How to Cite
Coo, S., Milgrom, J., Kuppens, P., Cox, P. and Trinder, J. (2014), Exploring the Association between Maternal Mood and Self-Reports of Sleep during the Perinatal Period. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 43: 465–477. doi: 10.1111/1552-6909.12464
- Issue online: 17 JUL 2014
- Version of Record online: 19 JUN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: MAR 2014
- maternal mood;
- subjective sleep quality;
To explore the psychological mechanisms involved in the close association between maternal mood and self-reports of sleep quality during the perinatal period using appraisal theory of emotions.
Antenatal clinics of a health center associated with the Northern Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.
122 pregnant women in their third trimester of gestation.
Participants completed the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, and an appraisal questionnaire during the third trimester of gestation, within 7 to 10 days after childbirth, and at 10 to 12 weeks postpartum. Correlational and regression analyses were used to explore the associations between sleep reports and appraisals.
Self-reports of poor sleep quality, impaired daytime dysfunction due to poor sleep, and the global PSQI score were associated with a low perceived ability to cope practically and emotionally with motherhood-related issues as well as with negative expectations about the future.
Appraisal dimensions associated with self-reports of poor sleep quality are similar to those related to maternal distress identified by previous research. This finding contributes to a better understanding of the association between self-reports of sleep and maternal mood. Practical implications are discussed.