SELF ESTEEM, SOCIAL SUPPORT AND POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

Abstract

Author(s): Juliet C. NNADOZIE , Gabriel E. NWEKE

Postpartum depression is a severe mental health disorder, characterized by persistence of low moods, feelings of being worthless, being hopeless and sad, that continuously affects lot of women that just gave birth. Understanding the internal and external factors involved in development and manifestation of postpartum depression has important implication for the practice of counseling psychology and general wellbeing of women. The study investigated the role of self-esteem, social support and age on postpartum depression among 116 Nigerian women. Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, Social Provision Scale, and Index of Self-esteem were used to measure postpartum depression, social support and self-esteem respectively. The results showed a significant effect of selfesteem and social support on postpartum depression but not age. The interaction effects were not significant.

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