Title: Maternal mental health in the first three weeks postpartum : the impact of caregiver support and the subjective experience of childbirth – a longitudinal path model
Authors : Gürber, Susanne
Bielinski-Blattmann, Daniela
Lemola, Sakari
Jaussi, Chantal
von Wyl, Agnes
Surbek, Daniel
Grob, Alexander
Stadlmayr, Werner
Published in : Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume(Issue) : 33
Issue : 4
Pages : 176
Pages to: 184
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2-Nov-2012
Language : Englisch / English
Subjects : Acute stress reaction; Postpartum depressive symptom; Subjective birth; Experience; Caregiver support; Path model
Subject (DDC) : 618: Geburtsmedizin, Hebammenarbeit
Abstract: Objective: Acute stress reactions (ASR) and postpartum depressive symptoms (PDS) are frequent after childbirth. The present study addresses the change and overlap of ASR and PDS from the 1- to 3-week postpartum and examines the interplay of caregiver support and subjective birth experience with regard to the development of ASR/PDS within a longitudinal path model. Method: A total of 219 mothers completed questionnaires about caregiver support and subjective birth experience (Salmon’s Item List) at 48–6-h postpartum. ASR and PDS were measured for 1- and 3-week postpartum. The Impact of Event Scale (IES) was used to assess ASR, and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) was used to assess PDS. Results: ASR was frequent 1-week postpartum (44.7%) and declined till week 3 (24.8%, p <.001), while the prevalence of PDS was continuous (14.2% week 1; 12.6% week 3; p = .380). Favorable reports of caregiver support were related to better subjective childbirth experience, which was related to lower ASR and PDS (controlled for age, mode of delivery, parity, EDA and duration of childbirth). Conclusion: High quality of intrapartum care and positive birth experiences facilitate psychological adjustment in the first 3-week postpartum.
Departement: Angewandte Psychologie
Organisational Unit: Psychologisches Institut (PI)
Publication type: Beitrag in wissenschaftlicher Zeitschrift / Article in scientific Journal
Type of review: Peer review (Publikation)
DOI : 10.3109/0167482X.2012.730584
ISSN: 0167-482x
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/3458
License (according to publishing contract) : Lizenz gemäss Verlagsvertrag / Licence according to publishing contract
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