The effects of exercise and social support on mothers reporting depressive symptoms: A pilot randomized controlled trial

Armstrong, Kylie & Edwards, Helen E. (2003) The effects of exercise and social support on mothers reporting depressive symptoms: A pilot randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 12(2), pp. 130-138.

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A 12-week randomized controlled trial was conducted (n = 20) investigating the effects of a multi-intervention programme of exercise and social support compared to a control group. Both groups had given birth in the past 12 months and were experiencing depressive symptomatology. Pre-test data of physical fitness and structured questionnaires were compared to post-test data. The results from the study showed that mothers who were in the multi-intervention group improved their fitness levels and depressive symptomatology significantly more than the control group. However, there were no significant changes to either group's social support levels. These results are encouraging and suggest that a pram push walking intervention might be an effective treatment for mothers suffering postnatal distress.

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ID Code: 1523
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: depression, exercise, intervention programmes, motherhood, postnatal depression
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-0979.2003.00229.x
ISSN: 1445-8330
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Midwifery (111006)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Blackwell Publishing
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Deposited On: 06 Oct 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:00

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