How Does Spousal Support Affect Women's Quality of Life in the Postpartum Period in Turkish Culture?

AKBAY A. S. , Tasci-Duran E.

ASIAN WOMEN, vol.34, no.3, pp.29-45, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.14431/aw.2018.
  • Title of Journal : ASIAN WOMEN
  • Page Numbers: pp.29-45


The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between spousal support and postpartum women's quality of life. This is a descriptive study carried out between July 1, 2014 and October 31, 2014. Data were collected from the homes of 301 women who were in the postpartum period. A demographic questions form, the Maternal Postpartum Quality of Life Questionnaire (MPQLQ), and the Spouse Support Scale (SSS) were used to collect the data. According to the results, there was a moderate positive relationship between general spousal support and quality of life after birth. The age of the participating women, the educational status of the women and their spouses, the duration of their marriage, the type of delivery, whether the pregnancy was planned/unplanned, acceptance of the baby after learning of the pregnancy, the type of marriage, spouses' relationships, work hours of the spouse, and time spent at home were important variables for determining spousal support and quality of life. The relationship between general spousal support and postpartum quality of life in this study suggests that support of spouses is important in improving the maternal quality of life in the postpartum period. This study contributes to the importance of postpartum support of spouses and the importance of spousal awareness in this regard.