Effect of perceived husband’s support on postpartum depression: Mediating role of need for approval

Authors

  • Adnan Adil Department of Psychology, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan
  • Rabiah Shahbaz Department of Psychology, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan
  • Sadaf Ameer Department of Psychology, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan
  • Saba Ghayas Department of Psychology, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan
  • Sadia Niazi Department of Psychology, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.1062

Abstract

Abstract

Objective: The present study intended to examine the direct effects of perceived husband’s support and need of approval on postpartum depression. Furthermore, it also explored the mediating role of need of approval between perceived husband’s support and postpartum depression.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted from December 2017 to May 2018 that involved a purposive sample of 170 women already diagnosed by the doctor/psychiatrist as suffering from postpartum depression recruited from different hospitals of Gujrat district. Urdu translated versions of The Marital Empathy Scale, need for approval subscale of Dysfunctional Attitude Scale form A-17, and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale were used to measure the focal constructs of the study.

Results: Path analysis through Amos revealed that perceived husband’s support had negative significant direct effects on need of approval and postpartum depression. Need of approval had significant positive direct effect on postpartum depression. Finally, the significant indirect effect of perceived husband’s support through need of approval on postpartum depression was negative.

Conclusion: The mediation found in the present study suggested that perceived husband’s support reduced the need of approval, which in turn, lowered the degree of postpartum depression.

Author Biographies

Adnan Adil, Department of Psychology, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Sadaf Ameer, Department of Psychology, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Psychology

Saba Ghayas, Department of Psychology, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Sadia Niazi, Department of Psychology, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan

Lecturer, Department of Psychology

Published

2021-07-06

Issue

Section

Research Article