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The impact of postpartum psychosis on partners

Holford, Nia, Channon, Sue ORCID:, Heron, Jessica and Jones, Ian ORCID: 2018. The impact of postpartum psychosis on partners. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 18 (1) , 414. 10.1186/s12884-018-2055-z

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Background Postpartum Psychosis is a severe mental health condition following childbirth, with a psychosis and associated mood disturbance. Research to date has primarily focused on mothers’ experiences, and on identifying risk factors, aetiology, and intervention efficacy. Within both research and clinical communities, there has been little acknowledgement of partners’ experiences of Postpartum Psychosis, nor the important support role that partners can provide. The aim of this study was to consider the lived experiences of partners of women who have had Postpartum Psychosis, and the impact that it has had on their lives and relationships. Methods Participants (N = 8) were partners recruited through the charity Action on Postpartum Psychosis. Partners completed an in-depth, semi-structured interview regarding their experiences of Postpartum Psychosis. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to analyse the interview transcripts. Results Seven superordinate themes emerged from the interview data: loss; powerlessness; united vs. individual coping; hypothesising and hindsight; barriers to accessing care and unmet needs; managing multiple roles; and positive changes from Postpartum Psychosis.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Centre for Trials Research (CNTRR)
Publisher: BioMed Central
ISSN: 1471-2393
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 October 2018
Date of Acceptance: 11 October 2018
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 10:32

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