Adherence to "doing-the-month" practices is associated with fewer physical and depressive symptoms among postpartum women in Taiwan

Li Y. Chien, Chen J. Tai, Yi L. Ko, Chou H. Huang, Shuh J. Sheu

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Abstract

According to traditional Chinese custom, women should be confined to home and assisted with tasks for 1 month after giving birth to a child. This restrictive regimen is referred to as doing-the-month. The objectives of this study were to describe adherence to doing-the-month practices and to explore the association between adherence to doing-the-month practices and physical symptoms and depression among postpartum women in Taiwan. Participants were 202 women at 4-6 weeks after delivery. Adherence to doing-the-month practices was associated with lower severity of physical symptoms and lower odds of postnatal depression, after adjustment for potential confounders. Adherence to doing-the-month practices was associated with better health status among postpartum women in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-383
Number of pages10
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Volume29
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006

Keywords

  • Chinese cultural practices
  • Chinese women
  • Postpartum
  • Taiwanese women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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