Brief Online Self-help Exercises for Postnatal Women to Improve Mood: A Pilot Study

Ayers, S., Fitzgerald, G. & Thompson, S. (2015). Brief Online Self-help Exercises for Postnatal Women to Improve Mood: A Pilot Study. Maternal and Child Health Journal, doi: 10.1007/s10995-015-1755-5

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Giving birth and adjusting to a new baby can be difficult and stressful for new mothers. Negative mood may occur during this time and can affect women, their parenting and the infant's development. This pilot study evaluated a brief online self-help intervention designed to promote positive mood in mothers of babies and toddlers.

METHODS: Women in the UK who had given birth within the previous 18 months were randomly allocated to the online self-help intervention (n = 40) or active comparison group exercise (n = 40) which was matched for time and structure. Mood was measured before and after the intervention. Acceptability was examined at the end of the trial.

RESULTS: The self-help intervention was acceptable to the majority of women and significantly increased positive mood compared to the comparison condition. This effect persisted after controlling for self-esteem, anxiety and depression. These results suggest that a simple self-help intervention focused on changing beliefs about oneself as a mother can have an immediate impact on women's mood.

CONCLUSIONS FOR PRACTICE: Further research is need to see whether these improvements continue long-term and what processes underlie these improvements.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10995-015-1755-5
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-help; Intervention; Postnatal; Mood; Motherhood
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Department of Midwifery
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/12069

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