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Postpartum Depression, Social Support, and Perception of Birth

Status Complete
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 09/01/2007
End Date 06/30/2008
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grants
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Last Updated 09/21/2011 10:55PM
Keywords Postpartum Depression

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Faculty
  Claudia Lampman

Student Researchers
  Rebecca Robinson

Abstract

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a mood disorder affecting 10% to 15% of women following childbirth (Surkan, Peterson, Hughes, & Gottlieb, 2006; Baker, Cross, Greaver, Wei, & Lewis, 2005; Boyce & Hickey, 2005). The relationship between psychosocial risk factors and PPD are strong, particularly the inverse relationship found between social support and PPD. Women's childbirth experience and outcome is a strong predictor of PPD as well, specifically, difficult deliveries and birth complications (O'Hara & Swain, 1996). The aim of this study is to identify the relationship between postpartum depression, social support (quality and quantity), and a woman's perception about her childbirth experience

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