Maternal expectations of postpartum social support: Validation of the postpartum social support questionnaire during pregnancy

Angela M. Miller, Carol J. Hogue, Bettina T. Knight, Zachary N. Stowe, D. Jeffrey Newport

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Thirteen percent of women experience postpartum depression. Prenatal screening for anticipated postpartum social support, a postpartum depression risk factor, may allow for early intervention. We sought to validate use of a modified version of the Postpartum Social Support Questionnaire (PSSQ) in pregnant women at increased risk for postpartum depression. Factor analysis using orthogonal varimax rotation was used. The modified PSSQ, administered during pregnancy, yields similar loading patterns as observed in postpartum administration of the original PSSQ.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-311
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Women's Mental Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012



  • Postpartum
  • Postpartum depression
  • Pregnancy
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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