Postnatal depression, maternal-infant bonding and social support: A cross-cultural comparison of Nigerian and British mothers

A Oladayo, Louise Bunce, Joanne Lusher, Samantha Banbury

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Objectives: The high prevalence of Post-Natal Depression (PND) in low and lower-middle income countries of Africa raises questions about the functionality of the abundant informal support accessed in the enmeshed family structure. This study examined the interaction between social support, parity and culture in the development of PND and maternal–infant bonding (MIB) among Nigerian, British and Nigerian Immigrant mothers in the UK.

Methods: Participants (N = 124) were recruited from the UK and Nigeria via local support groups for mothers, websites offering motherhood-related content and social media. Questionnaires including the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), Postpartum Bonding Questionnaire and Norbeck's Social Support Questionnaire were uploaded onto SurveyMonkey®.

Results: Findings revealed significant cultural differences in PND and social support. Multiple regression analyses revealed that PND, social support and culture could predict MIB, with PND being the only significant independent predictor.

Conclusions: Our findings highlight the importance that cultural factors play in the development of PND and the establishment of MIB in the context of culturally attuned healthcare services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Mental Health
Early online date4 Jul 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


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