Feeling Scarred Without a Reason: Post-Partum Anxiety and Social Support in a Sample of Women at Government Sector Maternity Hospitals from Sargodha Pakistan


  • Tauqeer Ahmed lak Lecturer, Department of Sociology & Criminology, University of Sargodha
  • Mussarat Hussain Lecturer, Department of Sociology & Criminology, University of Sargodha
  • Umair Ahmed Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Government College University, Lahore




Postpartum depression; women health; social support; Pakistan


Postpartum depression is the most common problem that women face when they are of reproductive age, and it is a serious general health issue. The present study evaluated the impact of social support on postpartum depression among 320 women. By utilizing the purposive sampling technique, an interview schedule was taken as a tool based upon demographic queries asked of the respondent’s continued with the Edinburgh postnatal depression 10-item scale (EPDS) and perceived social support (PRQ85-Part 2). The results of the hypothesis were found to be significant at the alpha level. Analysis revealed that direct support was found to be negatively connected with postpartum depression. It explicitly demonstrates that an increase in social support, especially from the husband, can decrease postpartum depression in women, and a decrease in the levels of social support was found to be a prominent factor behind postpartum depression.