Relationship between maternal mindfulness and anxiety 1month after childbirth

Natsuki Yamamoto, Takashi Naruse, Mahiro Sakai, Satoko Nagata

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Aim: To investigate the relationship between maternal mindfulness and maternal anxiety 1month after childbirth. Methods: A cross-sectional design was used, featuring anonymous questionnaires that were completed between July and December 2014 at two Japanese hospitals. The participants (n=151) completed the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (Japanese version) and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory Form X (Japanese version). The data analysis was carried out by using a hierarchical multiple regression. Results: The state and trait anxiety scores showed significant relationships with mindfulness, the mother's age, and the perceived difference between the expectations of motherhood before childbirth and the reality of post-partum daily life. Furthermore, the amount of average sleep time in the past week (including naps) showed a negative association with the state anxiety score, whereas the marital relationship showed a positive association with trait anxiety. Finally, at 1month post-partum, the mothers with greater mindfulness scores showed lower anxiety. Conclusions: Improvements in mindfulness could help mothers to reduce their post-partum anxiety.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJapan Journal of Nursing Science
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2016



  • Anxiety
  • Cross-sectional survey
  • Maternal health
  • Mindfulness
  • Post-partum period

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  • Research and Theory

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