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The Relationship between Post-natal Depression and: Body Image, Social Support and Self-Esteem

Wilson, Kate (2023) The Relationship between Post-natal Depression and: Body Image, Social Support and Self-Esteem. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The present study examined the relationship between post-natal depression and body image, social support, and self-esteem. Research has shown that low levels of social support and self-esteem are predictors in post-natal depression, and that body dissatisfaction has a relationship with post-natal depression. The present study set out to expand on these findings and investigate the nature of these relationships in a different population. A total of 68 participants completed questionnaires measuring post-natal depression scores, body-esteem, perceived social support and self-esteem. A correlation matrix analysis found there was a relationship between both body-esteem and social support and post-natal depression scores, but no correlation among self-esteem and post-natal depression. Follow up standard multiple regression analysis disclosed that the body-esteem subscale of physical condition and low perceived social support to be predictive of high post-natal depression scores. Implications for this study and future research recommendations are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Kelly, Michelle
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Body image
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Tamara Malone
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2023 16:51
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2023 16:51

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