Post-natal Depression: Psychology, Science, and the Transition to Motherhood

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Psychology Press, 1998 - 150 pages
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Post-Natal Depression challenges the expectation that it is normal to be a 'happy mother'. It provides a radical critique of the traditional medical and social science explanations of 'post natal depression' by supplying a systematic feminist psychological analysis of women's experiences following childbirth. Paula Nicolson argues that, far from it being an abnormal, undesirable, pathological condition, it is a normal, healthy response to a series of losses.
Post Natal Depression makes an important contribution to the psychology of women and feminist research and will be of interst to psychologists, social scientists, nurses and doctors.
 

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Womens experience of motherhood
5
Competing explanations of postnatal depression
23
The context of postnatal depression
36
Postnatal care and maternity blues
54
Reflexivity intervention and the construction of postnatal depression
68
Loss happiness and postnatal depression the ultimate paradox
87
Knowledge myth and the meaning of postnatal depression
99
Profiles of the participants
111
Methods
125
Interview guide
131
Postal questionnaire
132
References
133
Author index
142
Subject index
145
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