The interrelationships among acculturation, social support, and postpartum depression symptoms among marriage-based immigrant women in Taiwan: A cohort study

Hung Hui Chen, Fang Ming Hwang, Chen Jei Tai, Li Yin Chien*

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Abstract

This cohort study assessed the structural relationships among social support, acculturation, and postpartum depressive symptoms experienced by marriage-based immigrant mothers in Taiwan. Data were collected at 1 and 6 months postpartum from 203 immigrant mothers married to Taiwanese men in Taipei, Taiwan. The structural equation modeling results showed that social support and postpartum depression were directly and negatively related. Higher social support and lower depression at 1 month postpartum were related to a positive social attitude (i.e., accepting attitude toward mainstream society). Social attitude was a moderator of the relationship between depression at 1 month and social support at 6 months postpartum, where a positive social attitude decreased the negative effect of depression at 1 month on social support at 6 months. Social support in the early postpartum period not only directly decreased postpartum depression, but also indirectly decreased postpartum depression through improving social attitude.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-23
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2013

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Moderation
  • Postpartum depression
  • Social support
  • Structural equation modeling (SEM)

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