Caring for women suffering depression in the postnatal period

Creedy, Debra & Shochet, Ian M. (1996) Caring for women suffering depression in the postnatal period. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 5(1), pp. 13-19.

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The research and theoretical perspectives that underpin knowledge of depression in the postnatal period have tended to rely on standardized measures and 'objective' data which combine to disempower women's individual experiences. From a feminist perspective, contradictions exist between women's accounts of the early days and months following childbirth and the diagnosis of postnatal depression made by some health professionals. A framework for nursing care that uses the strengths of feminist and cognitive therapies is suggested. From this feminist-cognitive perspective, mental health nursing care will provide opportunities for women suffering depression to debrief the experience of birth and pregnancy, manage conflicts about identity, gain a sense of survival, and develop a new perspective.

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ID Code: 49538
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: post-natal depression, women
ISSN: 1447-0349
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 24 May 2012 01:28
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2017 11:02

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