Predicting factors of antenatal depression among Thai pregnant women


  • Waraphorn Sunthorn Faculty of Nursing, Chiangmai University
  • Nantaporn Sansiriphun Faculty of Nursing, Chiangmai University
  • Janchai Singnon Health promotion center region 1, Chiangmai


Antenatal depression, Factor predicting, Pregnant women


Pregnancy is the time of physical and psychological changes which is sensitive to stress, and at risk of developing antenatal depression. This predictive correlational study examined whether socioeconomic status, pregnancy intentions, having at least one child, marital satisfaction and perceived of stress could predict depression among Thai pregnant women. This study was based on Beck’s postpartum depression theory and concepts regarding predicting factors have been revealed in literatures. Purposive sampling was used to recruit 162 pregnant women aged above 18 years who attended antenatal care clinics at a hospital in Chiang Mai Province. Data were collected using four self-report instruments which included Personal Information Questionnaire, the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale, the Perceive Stress, and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and binary logistic multiple regression. Results revealed that all factors could explain 52.6 % of the total variance in antenatal depression among the samples. The strongest significant factor was perceived stress, followed by socio-economic status included educational levels and personal income. However, family income, pregnancy intentions, having at least one child, and marital satisfaction were not significant predictors of antenatal depression among Thai pregnant women.


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Sunthorn, W., Sansiriphun, N., & Singnon, J. (2020). Predicting factors of antenatal depression among Thai pregnant women. Journal of Nursing and Health Research, 21(3), 1–15. Retrieved from



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