1999 Volume 4 Issue 1 Pages 22-28
The purpose of this study was to reconsider maternity blues by researching the degrees of motherhood and fatherhood in postpartum women and their husbands. Twenty-eight pairs of postpartum women and their husbands had been tested with 'maternity blues questionnaire' and 'scale of motherhood & fatherhood'. As a result, the postpartum women with higher degrees of fatherhood significantly got lower scores on the item of 'nervousness' than the postpartum women with lower degrees of fatherhood. And also the postpartum women with more elderly husbands significantly got lower scores on maternity blues than the postpartum women with younger husbands. These results suggested that postpartum women tended to be influenced by the ages of their husbands, and with their maternal 'tenderness' & 'warmth' and their paternal 'strictness' & 'vigor', they would be in their well-balanced mental conditions during the postpartum periods.