Post-traumatic stress disorder following childbirth: Current issues and recommendations for research

Ayers, S., Joseph, S., McKenzie-McHarg, K., Slade, P. & Wijma, K. (2008). Post-traumatic stress disorder following childbirth: Current issues and recommendations for research. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 29(4), pp. 240-250. doi: 10.1080/01674820802034631

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Abstract

Background. An increasing body of research shows that a proportion of women experience significant symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following childbirth.

Aims and method. An international group of researchers, clinicians, and user-group representatives met in 2006 to discuss the research to date into PTSD following childbirth, issues and debates within the field, and recommendations for future research. This paper reports the content of four discussions on (1) prevalence and comorbidity, (2) screening and treatment, (3) diagnostic and conceptual issues, and (4) theoretical issues.

Conclusions. Current knowledge from the perspectives of the researchers is summarized, dilemmas are articulated and recommendations for future research into PTSD following childbirth are made. In addition, methodological and conceptual issues are considered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Birth, postpartum, post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, anxiety
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Department of Child Health & Children's Nursing
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/1999

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