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The relationship between parental mentalization and maternal psychopathology: during and after postpartum period

Wong, VWC; (2014) The relationship between parental mentalization and maternal psychopathology: during and after postpartum period. Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Aims: This review aimed to evaluate the literature that examines factors (maternal age, ethnicity, antenatal depressive symptoms and support) in relation to Postpartum Depressive (PPD) symptomatology in adolescent mothers. Methods: A systematic literature search was conducted using databases PsychINFO, MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL and Maternity and Infant Care. After inclusion and exclusion criteria were applied, 17 studies were identified as suitable for this review. Results: Results showed antenatal depressive (AND) symptoms and support to be associated with PPD symptoms, but not maternal age or ethnicity. Studies highlighted parental competence and conflict as potentially accounting for the relationship between support and PPD symptoms. Contributing factors to this relationship were relationship status, living arrangement, antenatal expectation and socioeconomic status. Due to most studies being part of a larger project, a broad range of other variables were measured often with limited rationale for their inclusion. Conclusion: The current literature indicates AND symptoms and support are related to PPD symptoms. However, there remains a lack of specificity to these relationships. Further research is needed to improve our understanding of the interaction between the relevant factors involved.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy
Title: The relationship between parental mentalization and maternal psychopathology: during and after postpartum period
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1450780
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