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Title: Support-seeking behavior among Japanese mothers at high-risk of mental health problems: a community-based study at a city health center
Other Titles: Support-seeking behavior among Japanese mothers
Authors: Ngoma, Alain M
Goto, Aya
Suzuki, Yuriko
Tsutomi, Hiroshi
Yasumura, Seiji
Affiliation: 公衆衛生学講座
Source title: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Volume: 58
Issue: 2
Start page: 117
End page: 126
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: Aim: The aim of this small-scale study is to explore support-seeking behavior among mothers at high-risk of mental health problems on community basis in Japan. Methods: A survey using one month home visit data was conducted among mothers who registered their pregnancy at Shirakawa City Health Center, Fukushima, from April to September 2010. Probable postpartum depression at one month postpartum was assessed using the Japanese version of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and the mother's bonding to her child at one month postpartum was measured by the Bonding Questionnaire. Results: A total of 118 out of 217 registered mothers were available for analysis. The proportion of probable depression among first time and experienced mothers was 12% and 3%, and that of low bonding was 43% and 13%, respectively. Factors that showed significant associations with probable depression and/or low-bonding among first-time mothers were financial difficulty, obstetrical problems, unhappy feeling towards pregnancy, younger maternal age, later gestational week at registration; associated factors among experienced mothers were financial difficulty and obstetrical problems. At the time of pregnancy, 35 (90%) of first-time mothers and 22 (31%) of experienced mothers expressed the intention to attend antenatal classes. None of the risk factors for probable depression or low-bonding were associated with the mother's intention to attend antenatal classes in this study. Conclusion: Pregnancy history, obstetrical problems, sociodemographic information and maternal feeling toward pregnancy should be carefully screened in antenatal phase, and those at risk of postpartum mental health problems should be screened and actively invited to antenatal classes.
Publisher: The Fukushima Society of Medical Science
Publisher (Alternative foam): 福島医学会
language: eng
URI: http://ir.fmu.ac.jp/dspace/handle/123456789/339
Full text URL: http://ir.fmu.ac.jp/dspace/bitstream/123456789/339/1/FksmJMedSci_58_p117.pdf
ISSN: 0016-2590
DOI: 10.5387/fms.58.117
PubMed ID: 23237867
Other version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5387/fms.58.117
Rights: © 2012 The Fukushima Society of Medical Science
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