Korean J Women Health Nurs.  2011 Dec;17(5):447-453. 10.4069/kjwhn.2011.17.5.447.

Moderating Effect of Family Support on the Relationship between Parenting Stress on Depression of Immigrant Women

  • 1Department of Social Welfare, Sunchon National University, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Gwangyang Health College, Korea. moon6404@hanmail.net


The purpose of this research was to identify levels of parenting stress, depression and family support of immigrant women and to investigate the moderating effect of family support on the relationship between parenting stress and depression of immigrant women.
The research was carried out with 86 immigrant women who were registered in multi-cultural support centers and receiving education in three cities South Jeolla Province. Data were collected using structured questionnaires and analyzed using descriptive statistics, correlation analysis and hierarchical regression analysis with SPSS/WIN 17.0.
The level of parenting stress perceived by the immigrant women was moderate and the level of depression was slightly high. The level of family support as perceived by the wives was slightly high as well. There was a positive correlation between depression and parenting stress but no correlation with family support. Effects of parenting stress on depression were moderated by family support.
Results indicate that family support provided to immigrant women moderated effects of parenting stress on depression. Accordingly, as family support is critical to immigrant women, education and other programs need to be provided to promote understanding of family support as a help for immigrant women.


Parenting stress; Postpartum depression; Family support

MeSH Terms

Depression, Postpartum
Emigrants and Immigrants
Surveys and Questionnaires


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