Article Title: Risk Factors for Postpartum Depression, Interpersonal Relationship Anxiety, Neuroticism and Social Support in Women with Postpartum Depression

Author(s): Alina Naveed and Fauzia Naz

Institute(s): Clinical Psychology Unit, Government College University, Lahore

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences (PJSS) Vol. 35, No. 2 (2015), pp. 911-924

Correspondence Address: alinanaveed_26@hotmail.com; fauziakaramat@gmail.com

Abstract

Present study investigated the relationship between risk-factors for postpartum depression, neuroticism, anxiety and lack of social support and postpartum depression in women. Further, the study also explored risk factors for post-partum depression and lack of social support as the predictors of anxiety and neuroticism in women whereas risk factors for postpartum depression, anxiety and lack of social support as the predictors of postpartum depression in women. Sample comprised of 100 women already diagnosed with postpartum depression was recruited from different public hospitals. Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (Cox, Holden & Sagovsky, 1987), Multidimensional Scale for Perceived Social Support (Zimet, Dahlem Zimet & Farley, 1988), Interpersonal Relationship Anxiety Questionnaire (Rohner, 2012) and IPIP Big Five Personality Measurement Instrument-Neuroticism Scale (Khan, Khan, Ghani & Shafi, 2013) were used to measure postpartum depression, social support, interpersonal relationship anxiety and neuroticism respectively. Results revealed significant positive relationship between risk factors for postpartum depression, neuroticism, anxiety and lack of social support. Neuroticism, lack of social support, self-neuroticism and history of abortion were found as significant predictors of postpartum depression and interpersonal relationship anxiety.

Keywords: Postpartum Depression, neuroticism, anxiety, social support

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