A critical analysis of social work interventions for women with postnatal depression

Raji, Peace N. (2009) A critical analysis of social work interventions for women with postnatal depression. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Postnatal depression (PND) is a sustained depressed disorder affecting one in ten women following childbirth. It is characterised by symptoms such as low mood, lack of interest, insomnia and the inability to cope with day to day activities. PND also affects a mother's ability to cope with the care of her baby and has detrimental effects on the cognitive and emotional development of the infant. Some vulnerable women who fall within the scope of social work suffer from PND. This makes social work interventions essential for better outcomes for such women and their families. This dissertation set out to critically analyse interventions for this illness from a social work perspective. This was achieved by carrying out a literature review of relevant primary research and other articles which discussed social work interventions with women who suffer from PND. This study found that social workers were generally poor at identifying PND but provided services/interventions for women when they were identified. This work recommended that social workers be trained to recognise depression in women and also use tools which facilitate the detection of depression like the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale to ensure interventions are appropriate and effective.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/722

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