A study of a group intervention for postnatal depression at a community health care centre

 

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dc.contributor.author Krauss, Rosa en_ZA
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dc.date.issued 2010 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Krauss, R. 2010. A study of a group intervention for postnatal depression at a community health care centre. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/3824
dc.description.abstract Untreated postnatal depression may have serious and long-lasting consequences for mother and infant. These range from feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness in the mother to social, emotional, cognitive and behavioural disturbances in her child. Postnatal depression is also associated with maternal and infant death. In South Africa, postnatal depression is not screened for as a matter of routine and many women go undiagnosed and untreated. The research was conducted at a community health centre using a mixed methodology of quantitative and qualitative techniques. A sample of six women with postnatal depression participated in a group intervention programme for eight sessions. A single system design was used to quantitatively determine whether a change had occurred, and to what extent, in the mothers' depressive symptoms and attitude towards mothering at the conclusion of the group intervention. Baseline measures on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and the Maternal Attitudes Questionnaire were compared with these scores measured at the conclusion of the intervention. A focus group was held at the conclusion of the intervention to gather qualitative data on the mothers' experience of the group processes and personal outcomes. The results of this study demonstrate that mothers' moods and maternal attitudes improved as a result of this therapeutic group intervention, although they still remained above the diagnostic cut-off threshold for postnatal depression. The intervention was also noted by mothers to be a desirable method of treatment for postnatal depression. Further research is indicated to test whether the positive outcomes hold over a period of time. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.other Clinical Social Work en_ZA
dc.title A study of a group intervention for postnatal depression at a community health care centre en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Social Development en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Krauss, R. (2010). <i>A study of a group intervention for postnatal depression at a community health care centre</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/3824 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Krauss, Rosa. <i>"A study of a group intervention for postnatal depression at a community health care centre."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development, 2010. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/3824 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Krauss R. A study of a group intervention for postnatal depression at a community health care centre. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development, 2010 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/3824 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Krauss, Rosa AB - Untreated postnatal depression may have serious and long-lasting consequences for mother and infant. These range from feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness in the mother to social, emotional, cognitive and behavioural disturbances in her child. Postnatal depression is also associated with maternal and infant death. In South Africa, postnatal depression is not screened for as a matter of routine and many women go undiagnosed and untreated. The research was conducted at a community health centre using a mixed methodology of quantitative and qualitative techniques. A sample of six women with postnatal depression participated in a group intervention programme for eight sessions. A single system design was used to quantitatively determine whether a change had occurred, and to what extent, in the mothers' depressive symptoms and attitude towards mothering at the conclusion of the group intervention. Baseline measures on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and the Maternal Attitudes Questionnaire were compared with these scores measured at the conclusion of the intervention. A focus group was held at the conclusion of the intervention to gather qualitative data on the mothers' experience of the group processes and personal outcomes. The results of this study demonstrate that mothers' moods and maternal attitudes improved as a result of this therapeutic group intervention, although they still remained above the diagnostic cut-off threshold for postnatal depression. The intervention was also noted by mothers to be a desirable method of treatment for postnatal depression. Further research is indicated to test whether the positive outcomes hold over a period of time. DA - 2010 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2010 T1 - A study of a group intervention for postnatal depression at a community health care centre TI - A study of a group intervention for postnatal depression at a community health care centre UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/3824 ER - en_ZA


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