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Article: Stress in women with postpartum depression: a phenomenological study

TitleStress in women with postpartum depression: a phenomenological study
Authors
KeywordsDepression
Health visiting
Hong Kong
Midwifrey
Nursing
Issue Date2005
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/JAN
Citation
Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2005, v. 51 n. 4, p. 353-360 How to Cite?
AbstractAIM: The aim of this paper is to report a study of the lived experience of postpartum stress among depressed Hong Kong Chinese mothers. BACKGROUND: Research consistently relates postpartum stress to the mood and well-being of mothers during the postpartum period. While several studies have used questionnaires to assess the stress levels of mothers or have identified stressors by asking them to list stressful events, the existing literature lacks in-depth information on the lived experience of postpartum stress from the perspective of the depressed mother. METHODS: The study adopted a phenomenological approach with a purposive sample of 11 depressed Hong Kong Chinese mothers at around the sixth postpartum month. In-depth interviews were conducted in Cantonese and focused on the stress the mothers experienced during the postpartum period up to the time of the interview. The data were collected in 2000. RESULTS: Living in a metropolitan city under the mixed and sometimes conflicting influences of cultures from the East and the West, Hong Kong Chinese mothers face a unique set of challenges which, if not properly managed, may cause stress and/or depression in the postpartum period. We identified five major postpartum stress themes amongst this group of women: parenting competence, the expectation-experience gap, baby-minder arrangements, childcare demands, and conflict with culture and tradition. CONCLUSIONS: Health care staff should give anticipatory guidance to mothers and their spouses about the culturally prescribed set of rules that proved stressful. Antenatal education classes need to enhanced, and support is needed to help this population of women manage and overcome the challenges in the postpartum period.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/48645
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dc.contributor.authorLeung, SSKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorArthur, DGen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMartinson, IMen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2008-05-22T04:19:56Z-
dc.date.available2008-05-22T04:19:56Z-
dc.date.issued2005en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Advanced Nursing, 2005, v. 51 n. 4, p. 353-360en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0309-2402en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/48645-
dc.description.abstractAIM: The aim of this paper is to report a study of the lived experience of postpartum stress among depressed Hong Kong Chinese mothers. BACKGROUND: Research consistently relates postpartum stress to the mood and well-being of mothers during the postpartum period. While several studies have used questionnaires to assess the stress levels of mothers or have identified stressors by asking them to list stressful events, the existing literature lacks in-depth information on the lived experience of postpartum stress from the perspective of the depressed mother. METHODS: The study adopted a phenomenological approach with a purposive sample of 11 depressed Hong Kong Chinese mothers at around the sixth postpartum month. In-depth interviews were conducted in Cantonese and focused on the stress the mothers experienced during the postpartum period up to the time of the interview. The data were collected in 2000. RESULTS: Living in a metropolitan city under the mixed and sometimes conflicting influences of cultures from the East and the West, Hong Kong Chinese mothers face a unique set of challenges which, if not properly managed, may cause stress and/or depression in the postpartum period. We identified five major postpartum stress themes amongst this group of women: parenting competence, the expectation-experience gap, baby-minder arrangements, childcare demands, and conflict with culture and tradition. CONCLUSIONS: Health care staff should give anticipatory guidance to mothers and their spouses about the culturally prescribed set of rules that proved stressful. Antenatal education classes need to enhanced, and support is needed to help this population of women manage and overcome the challenges in the postpartum period.en_HK
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dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/JANen_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsJournal of Advanced Nursing. Copyright © Blackwell Publishing Ltd.en_HK
dc.rightsThe definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.comen_HK
dc.subjectDepressionen_HK
dc.subjectHealth visitingen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kongen_HK
dc.subjectMidwifreyen_HK
dc.subjectNursingen_HK
dc.titleStress in women with postpartum depression: a phenomenological studyen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=0309-2402&volume=51&issue=4&spage=353&epage=360&date=2005&atitle=Stress+in+women+with+postpartum+depression:+a+phenomenological+studyen_HK
dc.identifier.emailLeung, SSK: sleung@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.description.naturepostprinten_HK
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1365-2648.2005.03506.xen_HK
dc.identifier.pmid16086804-
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