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Title: Towards a better understanding of postpartum depression : the professionals' perspectives
Authors: Vella, Sarah
Keywords: Mothers
Postpartum depression
Mental health
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: The relationship between mother and baby has been and remains one of the most basic and important relationships throughout the ages. However, not all relationships between mother and baby or father and baby are a bed of roses. With mental health problems on the rise it is no surprise that many parents are finding themselves affected negatively by the birth of their new-born. This study aims to improve the understanding of Postpartum Depression (PPD) whilst also delving into the various associated factors, issues relating to awareness, referral, treatment modalities, and outcomes through the perceptions of professionals in the field. The consequences of, and degree of societal awareness about the illness as well as strategies to assist sufferers are also considered. The study is done through a qualitative methodolgy with convergent and divergent themes. Our society has become somewhat more sensitive about this condition, allowing mothers and fathers to better understand the illness whilst being aware of the symptoms and warning signs. Unfortunately, more needs to be done, at various levels, to reduce the burden of this disease particularly on those directly affected and their relatives. 'I confirm that this is my own work and that all material attributed to others (whether published or unpublished) has been clearly identified and fully acknowledged and referred to the original sources. I agree that the University has the right to submit my work for originality checks.'
Description: B.PSY.(HONS)
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacSoW - 2013
Dissertations - FacSoWPsy - 2013

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