Quality of life and depression following childbirth: impact of social support

Webster, Joan, Nicholas, Catherine, Vellacott, Catherine, Cridland, Noelle and Fawcett, Lisa (2011) Quality of life and depression following childbirth: impact of social support. Midwifery, 27 5: 745-759. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2010.05.014

Author Webster, Joan
Nicholas, Catherine
Vellacott, Catherine
Cridland, Noelle
Fawcett, Lisa
Title Quality of life and depression following childbirth: impact of social support
Journal name Midwifery   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0266-6138
Publication date 2011-10
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.midw.2010.05.014
Volume 27
Issue 5
Start page 745
End page 759
Total pages 15
Place of publication Kidlington, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: to evaluate the impact of social support on postnatal depression and health-related quality of life.
Design: prospective cohort study. Data were collected at baseline and at six weeks post discharge using a postal survey.
Setting and participants: between August and December 2008, 320 women from a large tertiary hospital were recruited following the birth of their infant.
Measurements: Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), Maternity Social Support Scale and World Health Organization Quality of Life assessment questionnaire.
Findings: of the 320 women recruited, 222 (69.4%) returned their six-week questionnaire. Women with low social support had significantly higher scores on the EPDS than women who reported adequate support (p=0.007). There was also a significant effect of social support on health-related quality of life. Women with low family or partner support scored lower in all domains, with the greatest mean difference in the social health domain (p=0.000). Of those scoring >10 on the EPDS, 75.5% had sought professional help.
Conclusions and implications for practice: women with low social support are more likely to report postnatal depression and lower quality of life than well-supported women. Careful assessment of a woman's level of support following the birth, particularly from her partner and family, may provide useful information for possible interventions.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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