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Keywords:

  • baby care;
  • coping styles;
  • postpartum;
  • self-care;
  • social life;
  • stress

Accessible summary

  • Women who became stressed because of problems with self-care, baby care and social life use emotion-oriented styles.
  • Women adopted the helpless approach within the ‘emotion-oriented/passive’ coping style.

Abstract

This study was conducted in order to identify the factors that cause stress in women who have babies aged 0–3 months and the ways to deal with stress. This descriptive study was conducted in outpatient clinics for newborns. The sample consisted of 322 women. Data were collected through a questionnaire and Ways of Coping with Stress Inventory. It was found that most of the women became stressed because of problems regarding self-care, baby care and social life. Women mostly used ineffective coping styles to cope with stress.