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The Relationship between Level of Social Support and the Development of Postpartum Depression among Women in Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi County

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dc.contributor.author Knopp, Yolandah M.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-14T08:12:28Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-14T08:12:28Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/3601
dc.description Thesis Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in the Graduate College of the United States International University Africa. Summer 2017 en_US
dc.description.abstract Studies around the world indicate that social support is one of the protective factors that guard against postpartum depression (PPD) yet little is known regarding women’s perceptions of sources or forms of support following childbirth in Nairobi County. The current study purposed to explore social support available for women and its function in preventing PPD. One hundred and twenty-three mothers were approached while waiting in line for postnatal clinic at Pumwani maternity hospital. Each participant completed an interview that included a socio-demographic section, social support section and finally a depression inventory section. The results indicate a weak relationship between social support and the presence of PPD. On examining partner support, which emerged as the highest-ranking source of support for the women, it was discovered that the relationship between social support and PPD when looking specifically at partner support was stronger than the combined social support. The findings also revealed that women living in Nairobi County receive more emotional support from all sources (partners, parents, parents-in-law, and relatives and friends) and less instrumental support. The preference of the women is to receive more instrumental help, which pertains to help with caring for the baby and managing the family. Further analysis demonstrated that the nature of the pregnancy could indeed impact that amount of support especially from partners. Women who recorded having planned pregnancies received more partner support than those who reported having unplanned pregnancies. This research suggests that social support is an important factor that can be utilized to guard against the development of PPD. These findings inform preventive programs and intervention programs in the physical as well as mental health sector. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher United States International University - Africa en_US
dc.subject Level of Social Support en_US
dc.subject Postpartum Depression en_US
dc.subject Women in Pumwani Maternity Hospital en_US
dc.subject Nairobi County en_US
dc.title The Relationship between Level of Social Support and the Development of Postpartum Depression among Women in Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi County en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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