Postpartum Depression and Social Support in China: A Cultural Perspective. Academic Article uri icon


  • This study explored how Chinese culture affects the relationship between social support and postpartum depression. In-depth interviews with 38 mothers in mainland China showed that discrepancies between expected and perceived available social support and conflicts among social support providers are two major contributors to the stress associated with postpartum depression. These dynamics are deeply rooted in the context of Chinese culture with its distinctive gender roles and family dynamics. These cultural norms further prevent women from seeking social support.

published proceedings

  • J Health Commun

author list (cited authors)

  • Tang, L. u., Zhu, R., & Zhang, X.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Tang, Lu||Zhu, Ruijuan||Zhang, Xueying

publication date

  • September 2016