Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in couples after birth: association with the couple's relationship and parent - baby bond

Ayers, Susan, Wright, Daniel B. and Wells, Nicola (2007) Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in couples after birth: association with the couple's relationship and parent - baby bond. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 25 (1). pp. 40-50. ISSN 1469-672X

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Abstract

Recent research suggests a proportion of women develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after childbirth. To date, the effects of postnatal PTSD on the couple's relationship and the parent - baby bond have not been examined. In the present study, 64 couples completed questionnaires about the birth, symptoms of PTSD, the couple's relationship and parent - baby bond 9 weeks after childbirth. Results showed 5% of men and women had severe symptoms of PTSD. Symptoms were strongly associated within couples and were related to similar birth factors for men and women. PTSD symptoms were associated with neither the parent - baby bond nor couple's relationship. The mother - baby bond was not associated with any variables measured in this study. However, the father-baby bond was associated with the couple's relationship. It is concluded that men and women have comparable levels of PTSD symptoms 9 weeks after birth. Furthermore, these results suggest postnatal symptoms of PTSD have little association with the couple's relationship or the parent - baby bond in the short term. However, further research is needed to address methodological considerations.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: SRO Admin
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 16:51
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1156
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