Postpartum daily stress, relationship quality, and depressive symptoms

Melissa Page, Mari S. Wilhelm

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This study explored the relationships among daily stresses, specifically interpersonal conflict, the quality of supportive spousal relationships, and the experience of postpartum depressive symptoms. In our sample of 51 women nearly 30% reported symptoms consistent with postpartum depression. Using regression analysis and controlling for depression during pregnancy, results suggested that arguments with family members and the depth of the spousal relationship acted as significant predictors of the severity of reported postpartum depressive symptoms. Results of the regression were in the expected direction, but due to the small sample size, the findings should be interpreted with caution. Post-hoc analyses were conducted separating the women into three groups based on their depression scores. Therapeutic interventions to reduce postpartum depressive symptoms are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-251
Number of pages15
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2007


  • Arguments
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Postpartum depression
  • Relationship quality
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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