Prevention of postnatal distress or depression : an evaluation of an intervention at preparation for parenthood classes.

Matthey, Stephen, Kavanagh, David J., Howie, Pauline, Barnett, Bryanne, & Charles, Margaret (2004) Prevention of postnatal distress or depression : an evaluation of an intervention at preparation for parenthood classes. Journal of Affective Disorders, 79(1-3), pp. 113-126.

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Determined the effectiveness of a psychosocial intervention, provided to expectant couples in routine antenatal classes, on the postpartum psychosocial adjustment of women and men. Preparation for Parenthood programs were randomly allocated to one of three conditions: usual service ('control'), experimental ('empathy'), or non-specific control ('baby-play'). The latter condition controlled for the non-specific effects of the intervention, these being: the provision of an extra class; asking couples to consider the early postpartum weeks; and receiving booster information after the antenatal class, and again shortly after the birth. Women and men were categorised into three levels of self-esteem, as measured antenatally: low, medium and high. 268 participants were recruited antenatally. Interview data and self-report information was collected from 202 of these women at 6 weeks postpartum, and 180 women at 6 months postpartum. The intervention consisted of a session focusing on psychosocial issues related to becoming first-time parents. Participants discussed possible postpartum concerns in separate gender groups for part of the session, and then discussed these issues with their partners

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ID Code: 29164
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Postnatal depression, Postnatal distress, Antenatal classes, Parenthood classes, Adjustment, Self esteem
DOI: 10.1016/S0165-0327(02)00362-2
ISSN: 0165-0327
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 08 Dec 2009 05:59
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2017 18:01

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