J Behav Med https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-018-9941-8 Mastery, self-esteem, and optimism mediate the link between religiousness and spirituality and postpartum depression 1 2 A. C. D. Cheadle C. Dunkel Schetter Received: December 11, 2017 / Accepted: May 25, 2018 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Religious and spiritual beliefs and behaviors are Introduction powerful inﬂuences in the everyday lives of people worldwide and are especially salient for women and fam- Affective disorders are more prevalent during pregnancy ilies around the birth of a child. A growing body of and postpartum than at other times in women’s lives research indicates that aspects of religiousness and spiri- (O’hara & McCabe, 2013) and have serious consequences tuality are associated with mental health including lower for women, families, and infants (Abrams & Curran, 2007; risk of postpartum depression, a disorder that affects as Beck, 1995; Beck, 2002; Field et al., 1985; Murray & many as 1 in 5 women after birth. The mechanisms, Cooper, 1996; Paul et al., 2013; Pearlstein, 2015; Spoozak however, are not well understood. In this study, psy- et al., 2009). Given the serious consequences of prenatal chosocial resources (mastery, self-esteem, and optimism) and postpartum affective disorders, it is
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