Postnatal depression, maternal bonding failure, and negative attitudes towards pregnancy: A longitudinal study of pregnant women in Japan

Masayo Kokubu, Adaharu Okano, Takashi Sugiyama

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Abstract

Postnatal depression and bonding failure after childbirth are major mental health issues. We investigated 99 pregnant women on three occasions (late in pregnancy and 5 days and 1 month postnatally). Anxiety during pregnancy predicted postnatal depression and bonding failure, whereas negative attitudes towards pregnancy predicted bonding failure. The effect of negative attitudes towards pregnancy on postnatal depression was possibly mediated by bonding failure. Postnatal depression and bonding failure are correlated with different risk factors and run rather independently over the course of the puerperium. Postnatal depression may be predicted by bonding failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-216
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Women's Mental Health
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun

Keywords

  • Bonding failure Negative attitudes towards pregnancy
  • Postnatal depression
  • Structural equationmodeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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