Psychological wellbeing in the perinatal period
Johnson, Rachel, D.Clin.Psy. (2011) Psychological wellbeing in the perinatal period. DClinPsych thesis, University of Warwick.
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Chapter one systematically reviews the literature on the psychological impact of
breastfeeding on mothers. Whilst breastfeeding is indicated as the superior
feeding choice for infants, the full impact on mothers is under-reported. Results
show that breastfeeding and weaning have a varied psychological impact on
maternal wellbeing, identity and perceptions of role. Where incompatibilities
between mothers‟ expectations and lived experiences occur, or where
disagreement between self and others is perceived, dissonance, distress and
division result. Discussion is made of the implications of these findings for clinical
service provision, training and research.
Chapter two presents a grounded theory analysis of fathers‟ experiences of
attending traumatic childbirth. Despite an increasing trend over recent decades
for fathers to attend their children‟s births, relatively little is still known about the
potential impact of having been present during a traumatic labour or delivery
upon them. In response to this gap in the literature, the current study reports
theoretical concepts generated from interviews with fathers. A model of the
experiences recounted is also presented, showing that, within the context of their
past experiences, antenatal preparation and confidence in the care provided,
fathers cycled between seeking control, passive observing, and helplessness.
Findings are discussed in relation to the existing literature and the implications of
this novel contribution to the subject area for future research and service
provision are highlighted.
Chapter three discusses the candidate‟s personal observations and reflections on
the research process. The impact of parenthood and gender upon research into
the perinatal period is considered and effects are noted on the researcher,
participants and the research itself. Reflections are discussed with reference to
previous research into gender and motherhood in qualitative research, and a call
is made for researchers to acknowledge their epistemological positions within
their subject fields as a matter of routine.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (DClinPsych)|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Breastfeeding -- Psychological aspects, Childbirth -- Psychological aspects, Fathers|
|Official Date:||May 2011|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Psychology|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Liebling-Kalifani, Helen ; McKenzie-McHarg, Kirstie ; Bowen, Erica|
Completed in conjunction with Coventry University. School of Health and Social Sciences.
|Extent:||xi, 140 leaves|
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