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The context of postnatal depression in Malaysia: an overview

Mohd Arifin, Siti Roshaidai and Cheyne, Helen and Maxwell, Margaret (2018) The context of postnatal depression in Malaysia: an overview. The Malaysian Journal of Nursing, 10 (1). 0-0. ISSN 2231-7007 E-ISSN 2462-246X

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Sociocultural contexts of motherhood have been found to have a link with postnatal depression. Malaysia has a wide-range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds that offers a wonderful chance to understand the different role of cultures and postnatal practices in relation to postnatal depression. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the link between the Malaysian healthcare system, social and cultural context, the existing health policy and postnatal depression. This paper highlights that while there are different levels of nurses who work collaboratively to manage pregnant and postnatal mothers in the maternal and child health clinic, the focus of their care is more on physical health. The international guidelines for diagnosing PND were not commonly used within the clinics, although the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has been widely used within psychiatric setting in Malaysia. There is no formal mechanism or assessment to detect PND in the clinics. There were no guidelines found that specifically focused on the management of PND. It is questionable whether the current approaches to promote and manage maternal mental health in Malaysia have a sense of cultural-based strategies. These significant gaps call for empirical evidence that explicitly focussed on the experiences and perceptions of PND in Malaysia.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5378/64948
Uncontrolled Keywords: Postnatal Depression, Malaysian Healthcare System, Pregnant Mothers
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health. Mental Illness Prevention
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics > RG551 Pregnancy
R Medicine > RT Nursing > RT71 Study and Teaching
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Nursing > Department of Special Care Nursing
Depositing User: Dr. Siti Roshaidai Mohd Arifin
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2018 13:59
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2018 13:59
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/64948

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