The experience of motherhood and the development of depression in the postnatal period
Article first published online: 14 NOV 2007
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 2, Issue 4, pages 243–249, July 1993
How to Cite
McINTOSHMA, J. (1993), The experience of motherhood and the development of depression in the postnatal period. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2: 243–249. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.1993.tb00171.x
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2007
- Article first published online: 14 NOV 2007
- Accepted for publication 20 February 1993
- emotional difficulties;
- •This paper reports on an investigation of women's experience of motherhood as a possible factor in the development of postpartum depression.
- •Several aspects of the experience of motherhood were found to be associated with depression in a sample of 60 first-time mothers. These included:
- —the social impact of motherhood,
- —the extent to which expectations of motherhood were met,
- —the adequacy of support received from partners or from the mothers' wider social networks.
- •It is argued that these findings, while tentative, are consistent with a social model of depression.
- •Implications for health professionals and other care providers are discussed.