Women’s mental health during pregnancy: A participatory qualitative study

Franks, Wendy L. M., Crozier, Kenda E. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5328-9376 and Penhale, Bridget L. M. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8487-0606 (2017) Women’s mental health during pregnancy: A participatory qualitative study. Women and Birth, 30 (4). e179-e187. ISSN 1878-1799

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Background/objectives: British public health and academic policy and guidance promotes service user involvement in health care and research, however collaborative research remains underrepresented in literature relating to pregnant women’s mental health. The aim of this participatory research was to explore mothers’ and professionals’ perspectives on the factors that influence pregnant women’s mental health. Method: This qualitative research was undertaken in England with the involvement of three community members who had firsthand experience of mental health problems during pregnancy. All members of the team were involved in study design, recruitment, data generation and different stages of thematic analysis. Data were transcribed for individual and group discussions with 17 women who self-identified as experiencing mental health problems during pregnancy and 15 professionals who work with this group. Means of establishing trustworthiness included triangulation, researcher reflexivity, peer debriefing and comprehensive data analysis. Findings: Significant areas of commonality were identified between mothers’ and professionals’ perspectives on factors that undermine women’s mental health during pregnancy and what is needed to support women’s mental health. Analysis of data is provided with particular reference to contexts of relational, systemic and ecological conditions in women’s lives. Conclusions: Women’s mental health is predominantly undermined or supported by relational, experiential and material factors. The local context of socio-economic deprivation is a significant influence on women’s mental health and service requirements.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: pregnancy,participatory research,women’s mental health,qualitative interviews,socioeconomic deprivation,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2016 00:02
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 02:02
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/61856
DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2016.11.007

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