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The psychosocial work environment and maternal postpartum depression.

Authors
Dagher-RK; McGovern-PM; Alexander-BH; Dowd-BE; Ukestad-LK; McCaffrey-DJ
Source
Int J Behav Med 2009 Dec; 16(4):339-346
NIOSHTIC No.
20036521
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Postpartum depression is a debilitating mental disorder affecting women after childbirth. This study examined the correlates of postpartum depression at 11 weeks after childbirth, focusing on work-related stressors and applying the job demand-control-support model. METHOD: Investigators recruited a prospective cohort of 817 employed Minnesota women when hospitalized for childbirth in 2001. Trained interviewers collected data in person and by telephone at enrollment and 5 and 11 weeks postpartum from three Minneapolis and St. Paul hospitals. RESULTS: Results of hierarchical regression analysis showed that worse depression scores (Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale) were associated with higher psychological demands, lower schedule autonomy, and lower perceived control over work and family. Perceptions of control mediated the relationships of coworker support and schedule autonomy with postpartum depression scores. Study findings showed no significant buffering effects for decision latitude; however, coworker support and decision latitude appear to act as functional substitutes in reducing postpartum depressive symptoms. CONCLUSION: These findings raise questions about the applicability of the job demand-control-support model to postpartum women or to postpartum depression. Future research could assess the impact of the interaction between the work and home environment on maternal postpartum depression.
Keywords
Emotional-stress; Employee-health; Families; Fatigue; Mental-fatigue; Mental-health; Mental-stress; Physiological-measurements; Psychological-fatigue; Psychological-stress; Sociological-factors; Statistical-analysis; Women; Work-environment; Worker-health; Workplace-studies; Author Keywords: Demand-control-support model; Job control; Psychosocial factors; Postpartum depression; Maternal welfare
Contact
Rada K. Dagher, Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, P.O. Box 100195, Gainesville, FL 32610-0195
CODEN
IJBMFT
Publication Date
20091201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
rdagher@phhp.ufl.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R18-OH-003605
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1070-5503
Priority Area
Work Environment and Workforce: Organization of Work
Source Name
International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
State
MN; NY
Performing Organization
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
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