Sociocultural factors associated with the development of postnatal anxiety symptoms

Khitam Mohammad, Eqbal Al-Farajat, Debra Creedy, Jenny Gamble

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Background Postnatal anxiety is relatively common when transitioning to parenthood; however, there are relatively few studies assessing postnatal anxiety in Middle Eastern women. Aim To identify the prevalence of postnatal anxiety among Jordanian women and associated sociocultural factors. Method A descriptive cross-sectional design was used with 324 women. Participants completed the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale (DASS) and Maternity Social Support Scale at 6-8 weeks postpartum in addition to a sociodemographic data form. Findings Some 45.4% of women scored above ‘mild’ on the DASS scale. Postnatal anxiety was significantly associated with low levels of support, giving birth to a female baby, financial difficulties, and having four or more children. Findings revealed a high level of postnatal anxiety among Jordanian women. Conclusion There is a need for routine assessment, ongoing support, counselling and emotional care, which are important to enhance maternal satisfaction and psychological wellbeing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-367
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • Anxiety
  • Jordan
  • Postnata
  • Social support
  • Sociocultural factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Maternity and Midwifery


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