Maternal mental health in the perinatal period

Russell, Lynda (2011). Maternal mental health in the perinatal period. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.


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Volume 1: Research component There are three papers contained in this volume, all concerned with maternal mental health problems in the perinatal period. The first is a review that examines the existing literature on eating disorders in the perinatal period. It examines prevalence, symptomatology levels across the perinatal period and factors associated with development and remission from eating disorders in the perinatal period. The second paper is a report of research, carried out by the author, investigating obsessive compulsive disorder, bonding and meta-cognitions in new mothers. It specifically examines whether bonding is impaired in new mothers with OCD when compared with mothers who have no symptoms of OCD, a subject that has not been investigated in previous research. Both papers have been prepared for submission to Archives of Women‟s Mental Health. The final paper is a public domain paper describing the literature review and empirical papers and has been used to disseminate the findings of the research amongst participants, mother and baby organisations and mental health professionals. The appendices contain information regarding ethical approval, measures used and instructions to authors from the Archives of Women‟s Mental Health. Volume 2: Clinical component This volume contains five clinical practice reports (CPR) submitted during the doctorate course. These reports reflect the training of the course and the work completed over the three years of the course. CPR 1 and 2 were conducted during a child and adolescent placement. CPR 1 describes a doctor phobia in a five year old girl, formulated from a behavioural and a systemic perspective. CPR 2 reports a single case experimental design study on a narrative intervention for sleep difficulties in a nine year old boy. CPR 3 describes a qualitative service evaluation of a waiting list initiative and changes to the referral system to a Psychological Therapies Service within an adult mental health service. CPR 4 is a case study of a CBT intervention for a client with OCD in a specialist adult service. The abstract of CPR 5, a presentation on a CBT and narrative intervention for anger in a woman with a learning disability in an inpatient setting. The names and identifying details have been changed or removed from these reports to protect anonymity.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics


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