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Title: Moving beyond mother and baby : perinatal mental health and the couple relationship
Author: Boddy, Rebecca
ISNI:       0000 0004 5914 9440
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2015
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Purpose: An unsatisfactory couple relationship is consistently considered a risk factor for postnatal depression. This systematic review aimed to critically evaluate the evidence regarding relationship factors which are predictive, maintaining or protective of maternal and paternal postnatal depression. Methods: Following database, reference and citation searches, seventeen articles meeting the inclusion criteria were identified. The findings of these studies were reviewed and critically appraised. Results: Findings suggested depressive symptoms were associated with perceived poor quality partner support, relationship dissatisfaction, conflict and discord. The relationships between depressive symptoms, reduced partner support and relationship dissatisfaction were broadly similar for women and men, however conflict appeared to play a stronger role in depressive symptoms for men than women. Conclusions: Several relationship factors were consistently implicated in postnatal depressive symptoms. Conclusions regarding the direction and strength of relationships between variables remain tentative due to limitations of the reviewed studies. Despite this, heightened understanding of relationship factors’ roles in postnatal depression can improve screening and intervention. Further involvement of couples in research and interventions for postnatal depression is warranted.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology