The role of traditional confinement practices in determining postpartum depression in women in Chinese cultures: A systematic review of the English language evidence

Josephine Wong, Jane Rosamond Fisher

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Background The Chinese postpartum custom of a??confinementa?? or a??doing-the-montha?? involves formalised social support and recognition of the status of motherhood and has been presumed in anthropological literature to protect mothers of newborns from postpartum depression. The aim of this review was to examine systematically the evidence about the relationship between confinement practices and postpartum depression in Chinese cultures. Methods A systematic search of the English-language literature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161 - 169
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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