Social capital and antenatal depression among Chinese primiparas: A cross-sectional survey

Chi Zhou, Atsushi Ogihara, Hao Chen, Weijue Wang, Liu Huang, Baodan Zhang, Xueni Zhang, Liangwen Xu*, Lei Yang

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The aim of this study is to investigate the associations between social capital and antenatal depression among Chinese primiparas. A cross-sectional design was used and a questionnaire survey was conducted with 1471 participants using the intercept method at the provincial hospital in Zhejiang in 2016. Antenatal depression was evaluated using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and social capital was assessed by the Chinese version of Social Capital Assessment Questionnaire (C-SCAQ). The prevalence of antenatal depression was assessed among Chinese primiparas in their third trimesters. The antenatal depression prevalence among sub-groups with lower social trust (ST), social reciprocity (SR), social network (SN), and social participation (SP) were significantly higher than those among higher score sub-groups. In the fully adjusted model, primiparas’ antenatal depression was significantly associated with ST, SR, SN, and SP. Compared to the structural social capital, the cognitive social capital was a more crucial dimension to the prevalence of antenatal depression. For future community pregnancy health care management programs in China, it might be beneficial to add more social capital related intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-539
Number of pages7
JournalPsychiatry Research
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov


  • Antenatal depression
  • Cognitive social capital
  • In the third trimesters
  • Structural social capital
  • The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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