Effects of Fatigue and Postpartum Depression on Maternal Perceived Quality of Life (MAPP-QOL) in Early Postpartum Mothers

So-Young Choi, Hye-Ja Gu, Eun-Jeong Ryu
2011 Yeoseong Geon-gang Ganho Hakoeji  
Purpose: This study was done to identify effects of fatigue and postpartum depression on quality of life in early postpartum mothers. Methods: The data were collected from 130 mothers at four general hospitals in J and M metropolitan cities. Instruments used to collect the data for the study were the Fatigue Scale developed by Pugh (1993); Postpartum Depression Scale developed by Cox, Holden & Sagovsky (1987) , and the Quality of Life Scale developed by Hill, Aldag, Hekel, Riner, G., &
more » ... ner, G., & Bloomfield (2006) . Results: Results showed that the mean for fatigue was 56.74, the mean for postpartum depression was 8.00 ± 4.37 and mean for quality of life was 19.78. The quality of life variable showed statistically significant differences for the variable: age (F=3.20, p=.026). The relationship between fatigue and quality of life showed a significant negative correlation (r=-.44, p <.001). The relationship between postpartum depression and quality of life also showed a negative correlation (r=-.42, p <.001). The relationship between postpartum depression and fatigue showed a positive correlation (r=.59, p <.001). These factors explained 23% of the variance in quality of life. Conclusion: The results indicate that it is necessary to develop nursing intervention programs to improve quality of life in for early postpartum mothers.
doi:10.4069/kjwhn.2011.17.2.118 fatcat:hr2zc7i42bhrvkona4si4guj5y