Hope, Social Support, and Postpartum Depression: Disentangling the Mediating Effects of Negative Affectivity



We examined the potentially mediating effects of negative affectivity (NA) on the hope–depression relationship among a sample of postpartum women. We also assessed the social support reported by these women and examined the possible mediating effects of NA on the social support–postpartum depression relationship. Correlational analyses of data obtained from women (N = 98) who had given birth in the previous 6 months revealed that NA did not mediate either hope or social support in the prediction of postpartum depression. Hope accounted for a significant degree of variance in postpartum depression. These data suggest that hope has palliative effects among women following childbirth and these effects are not nullified or explained by emotional predispositions.

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hope postpartum depression negative affectivity social support 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.University of Alabama at BirminghamBirmingham
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirmingham

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