Stress And Coupling Mechanism In Postpartum Mothers Ethnography Study On Postpartum Mothers In Darungan Village, Pare District, Kediri Regency


  • Ratna Hidayati STIKES Karya Husada Kediri


Stress, Coping Mechanism, postpartum, Ethnography


Physical changes that occur in postpartum mothers require the ability to adapt both physically and psychologically which of course has started since pregnancy. The inability to adapt to the postpartum period will cause stress both physically and psychologically and even have an impact on the baby. Socio-cultural and environmental factors in society can affect stress, such as some rituals and dietary restrictions for postpartum mothers from Javanese tribes, but also can play a role in helping mothers' coping mechanisms to deal with stress with the support and attention given by the family. The purpose of this study was to determine stress and coping in postpartum mothers in Darungan Village, Pare District, Kediri Regency. This research is an ethnographic qualitative study with pregnant women participating in Darungan Village, Pare District, Kediri Regency with a total sampling of 12 informants. Data were collected through observation and structured interviews and analyzed by analysis of cultural themes. The results showed that the theme of stress that occurred in postpartum mothers was due to physical complaints, mood disorders, feeling neglected by their husbands/family, and the impact of being lazy to interact with their babies. Meanwhile, the mother's coping mechanism in dealing with stress is silent and does not confront when it is related to the culture that parents usually do first and the strength to overcome the stress is due to the support of her husband. It is recommended that the husband/family provide support with an accepting attitude, be ready to listen to complaints, and provide assistance in getting through the postpartum period.