An exploration of the extent to which postpartum depression can affect a child’s attachment relationship and development, with particular focus to the under fives

Everest, Rachel (2015) An exploration of the extent to which postpartum depression can affect a child’s attachment relationship and development, with particular focus to the under fives. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Children’s development progresses substantially from the age of nought-five years and can be influenced by a number of different factors. This paper seeks to explore the extent to which postpartum depression can interfere with a child’s attachment relationship and social, emotional, cognitive and behavioural development. The research for this literature review has been collected from a large amount of journal articles, books, government publications and websites. Previous research suggests that postpartum depression is likely to be detrimental to an infant’s development, as the mother is unable to provide her infant with a secure attachment and respond to her infant’s needs. However, more recent research seems to suggest the effects of postpartum depression on an infant’s development may not be quite so severe. With fathers available for childcare and young children spending long periods of time in nursery settings, findings suggest that other individuals can protect infants’ development in the presence of postpartum depression. Although in this paper it has been recognised that a considerable number of women are reluctant to accept treatment for postpartum depression. This in turn prolongs the illness and any effect to their infant’s development. For this reason, it is recommended that professionals need to educate the public in order to normalise the feelings of postpartum depression.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Education and Childhood Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 14:41
    Last Modified: 16 Jul 2015 14:41
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17738

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