Hope, Social Support, and Postpartum Depression: Disentangling the Mediating Effects of Negative Affectivity Academic Article uri icon


  • We examined the potentially mediating effects of negative affectivity (NA) on the hope-depression relationship among a sample of postpartum women. We also assessed the social support reported by these women and examined the possible mediating effects of NA on the social support-postpartum depression relationship. Correlational analyses of data obtained from women (N = 98) who had given birth in the previous 6 months revealed that NA did not mediate either hope or social support in the prediction of postpartum depression. Hope accounted for a significant degree of variance in postpartum depression. These data suggest that hope has palliative effects among women following childbirth and these effects are not nullified or explained by emotional predispositions. © Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005.

author list (cited authors)

  • Thio, I. M., & Elliott, T. R.

citation count

  • 17

publication date

  • December 2005