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Postnatal depression, maternal-infant bonding and social support: A cross-cultural comparison of Nigerian and British mothers

Abstract

Objectives: The high prevalence of Post-Natal Depression (PND) in low and lower-middle income countries of Africa raises questions about the functionality of the abundant informal support accessed in the enmeshed family structure. This study examined the interaction between social support, parity and culture in the development of PND and Maternal Infant Bonding (MIB) among Nigerian, British and Nigerian Immigrant mothers in the UK. Methods: Participants (N=124) were recruited from the UK and Nigeria via local support groups for mothers, websites offering motherhood-related content and social media. Questionnaires including the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression scale (EPDS), Postpartum Bonding Questionnaire and Norbeck's Social Support Questionnaire were uploaded onto SurveyMonkey®. ‚Äč Results: Findings revealed significant cultural differences in PND and social support. Multiple Regression analyses revealed that PND, social support and culture could predict Maternal Infant Bonding (MIB), with PND being the only significant independent predictor. Conclusions: Our findings highlight the importance that cultural factors play in the development of PND and the establishment of MIB in the context of culturally attuned healthcare services.

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Afolabi, Oladayo
Bunce, Louise
Lusher, Joanne
Banbury, Samantha

Oxford Brookes departments

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences\Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health

Dates

Year of publication: 2017
Date of RADAR deposit: 2017-05-25


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