Psycho-adaptive changes and psychological growth after childbirth in primiparous women


PERSPECTIVES IN PSYCHIATRIC CARE, vol.56, no.1, pp.213-221, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 56 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/ppc.12413
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Psycinfo
  • Page Numbers: pp.213-221
  • Keywords: parturition, postpartum period, psychology, psycological growth, POSTPARTUM, INFERTILITY, MOTHERHOOD, DELIVERY, CARE
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


Purpose To explore the psycho-adaptive changes and the level of psychological growth after childbirth among first-time mothers. Design and Methods This study used a descriptive qualitative approach. Using the purposeful sampling method, 18 primiparous women who received postnatal care between August and September 2017 were interviewed. Findings The women's experiences about psycho-adaptive changes were collected under eight main themes. These themes were change in values, change in personality, change in hand skills and time management, change in priorities, change in problem-solving skills, increase in self-esteem, change in social life, and change in relations, respectively. Practical Implications Nurses should assume important responsibilities, such as childbirth education needs, psycho-adaptive features of the mothering process, culturally-sensitive antenatal visits, and childcare.