Depressed mood trajectories in the first year postpartum among Taiwanese mothers: Associations with perceived support, financial stress, and marital satisfaction

Hsi Ping Nieh, Li Tuan Chou*, Chien Ju Chang

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Abstract

This study examined the typology of depressed mood trajectories and the associated factors over the first year postpartum among Taiwanese mothers. Data of 4332 mothers from a nationwide longitudinal study on child development and care were analyzed. Three classes of depressed mood trajectories were identified, two with lower initial scores and a decreasing trajectory and one with a higher initial score and an increasing trajectory. Subjective financial stress, perceived support, and marital satisfaction were significant in predicting mothers’ membership of the depressed mood trajectory classes. The results highlighted the individual susceptibility to the postpartum depressed mood among Taiwanese mothers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2478-2488
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume27
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Sep

Keywords

  • financial stress
  • latent class growth analysis
  • marital satisfaction
  • perceived support
  • postpartum depressed mood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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