The aim of this study is to investigate the degree of postpartum depressionamong Palestinian women under the age of (48), who gave birth at leastonce, in Bethlehem Directorate. The sample of the study consists of (290)women from different environments in Bethlehem Directorate, who gave birthsince a period ranging from two weeks to six months. The study followed thedescriptive analytical method and by the questionnaire that was built for thepurposes of the study.The study showed that the degree of postnatal depression among thewomen residing in Bethlehem Directorate was medium with (56.6%), andthat there were no statistically significant mean differences in the degree ofpostnatal depression among those women depending upon the mother’s age,educational level of either husband or wife, order of the last child, or sexof the child. As for the place of residency, the study showed that there werestatistically significant differences in the postnatal depression degree amongthe women residing in Bethlehem Directorate. Women residing in citieswere found to suffer from postnatal depression more than women residing invillages, and women residing in villages were found to suffer more than womenresiding in refugee camps. The study recommended the need to activate therole of psychologists through consultative sessions prior to pregnancy andchildbirth for women to be prepared for these stages, and to enable themto understand changes in their bodies as well as their psychological andemotional conditions
Shaheen, Mohammed Ahmed and Iemayah, Jihan Ilyas
"Postpartum Depression among Palestinian Women in the Directorate of Bethlehem,"
Journal of Al-Quds Open University for Educational & Psychological Research & Studies: Vol. 3:
10, Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.aaru.edu.jo/jaqou_edpsych/vol3/iss10/1