Special Issue "Addressing Women and Men Perinatal Mental Health: Towards a Multi-Dimensional Approach"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Mental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 1747
Interests: clinical and health psychology; community psychology; transition to parenthood; parents’ mental health and quality of life; couple-related processes; dyadic coping; dyadic data analysis; risk assessment and prediction in multiple domains (e.g., postpartum depression); family foster care (e.g., assessment and training of foster carers) and child adoption (e.g., post-adoption support); evidence-based practices; program development and validation; applied research
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Perinatal mental health is not a new research topic. Previous studies have well documented the prevalence estimates of postpartum depression (PPD) among women, its antecedents, correlates, and consequences for the mother, the father, the child, and the whole family. However, research has shown that perinatal mental health problems go beyond depressive symptoms (e.g., anxiety and childbirth-related post-traumatic stress symptoms) during the postpartum period (e.g., pregnancy and the whole perinatal period). Similarly, the focus on mental health problems has been extended to include positive dimensions of well-being (e.g., flourishing), rather than focusing only on psychopathological symptoms. There has also been greater attention paid to the biological mechanisms, such as biomarkers, underlying and/or associated (e.g., cortisol reactivity and cytokines) with perinatal mental health problems and their impact on infant development. However, an integrative, comprehensive picture of these new focuses/approaches remains to be achieved. Regarding the correlates and predictors of perinatal mental health problems, couple (e.g., dyadic coping, satisfaction, intimate partner violence)- and parent (e.g., self-efficacy, coparenting, mindful parenting)-related variables have also received substantive attention in recent years. The use of dyadic (e.g., the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model; APIM) and family-level analyses, as well as of a prospective longitudinal design with multiple methods of data collection across the prenatal and the postpartum period, could advance current knowledge on how these variables interact with perinatal mental health problems.
Although meaningful advances have been demonstrated in women’s perinatal mental health, men’s and couples’ mental health during this period remains understudied, with particular regard to its determinants and consequences for child development. The adoption of a relationship science framework in this field has been recently advocated. On a related note, from a clinical standpoint, risk assessment tools and prevention and intervention approaches also remain focused on women’s PPD, with few approaches available that focus beyond PPD and on men’s/couples’ mental health. Finally, the mechanisms underlying the impact of perinatal mental health problems (e.g., biological processes, mother–father–child interaction) on child development (e.g., self-regulation and internalizing and externalizing problems) need to be further understood.
To move forward in this field, and to enhance the early identification and prevention of mental health problems among women, men, and couples in this critical time of life, we strongly encourage papers (i.e., reviews, meta-analyses, and qualitative and quantitative studies) addressing different dimensions of perinatal mental health from pregnancy to 24 months postpartum, covering one or more of the following features:
- Dyad or triad as the unit of analysis;
- Men’s mental health;
- Pregnancy and/or the postpartum period (up to 24 months postpartum);
- Anxiety, depression, and/or childbirth-related post-traumatic stress symptoms;
- Positive dimensions of mental health and well-being;
- Biological mechanisms associated with perinatal mental health;
- Risk and protective factors (ecological perspective) related to perinatal mental health, particularly couple- and parent-related processes;
- Impact of perinatal mental health on parenting behaviors, infant health, and/or development;
- Preventive and intervention approaches (e.g., couple-based/focused interventions) for improving women’s, men’s, or couples’ perinatal mental health;
- Prospective longitudinal studies that consider the whole perinatal period;
- Dyadic (e.g., APIM) and family-level analyses;
- Multiple methods of data collection (self-report questionnaires, interview, observation, and physiological and imaging data);
- Screening and risk assessment tools.
Dr. Stephanie Alves
Dr. Tiago Miguel Pinto
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- pregnancy, postpartum, and perinatal period
- women, men, or couple
- mental health symptoms or disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, childbirth-related posttraumatic stress)
- couple, parent and/or triad-related processes
- biological, psychological, and social mechanisms
- infant health and development
- parenting, couple, or family-based interventions
- screening and risk assessment
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Postpartum blues in fathers: Prevalence, associated factors, and impact on father-to-infant bond
Authors: Claire Baldy 1, Eloi Piffault 1, Margaux Chabbert Chopin 1,2 & Jaqueline Wendland 1
Affiliation: 1.Université Paris Cité, Laboratoire de Psychopathologie et Processus de Santé, F-92100 Boulogne-Billancourt, France 2. University of Tours, Laboratory QualiPsy, EE1901, Tours, France
Abstract: Abstract: Although the role of fathers has considerably evolved, there is still little research on the experience of fatherhood. In this study we explored, in men, one of the most common postpartum syndromes in women: the postpartum blues. The aims of the study were: a) to evaluate the prevalence of postpartum blues in fathers, b) to explore the sociodemographic and perinatal factors that may be associated with its intensity, and c) to investigate the relationship between the intensity of blues symptoms and the quality of father-to-infant bonding. Three hundred and three French-speaking fathers living in France completed a sociodemographic and obstetrical questionnaire, the Maternity Blues Questionnaire, and the Postpartum Bonding Questionnaire. The fathers were recruited in two maternity hospital and a Child and Maternal Health Centre within 10 days of their infant’s birth, or on online forums devoted to parenting. At least 17.5% of fathers experienced postpartum blues. Among the socio-demographic factors, only a high level of education was associated with a higher level of postpartum blues symptoms. Dissatisfaction with the maternity care and significant father involvement during pregnancy and delivery predicted more severe postpartum blues symptoms. Symptoms of postpartum blues were positively correlated with impairment in the father-to-infant bond. This study lends support to the existence of postpartum blues among fathers and highlights its possible consequences on the father-infant early relationship. The results underline the need to provide fathers with support in the days following childbirth in order to prevent early adjustment difficulties related to the transition to fatherhood.
Title: Past traumatic life events and postpartum PTSD: The role of labor support.
Authors: Anna Suarez.1, Vera Yakupova.1, & Maria Anikeeva.2
Affiliation: 1.Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia 2.Moscow Financial and Industrial University "Synergy", Russia
Title: PTSD prevalence and birth: Update of meta-analysis after introduction of DSM-5 and covid 19 pandemic
Authors: Flávia de Lima Osório & Maira Morena Borges
Affiliation: São Paulo University - Medical School of Ribeirão Preto - Brazil
Title: Fathers’ coparenting relationships are better when nurses both answer fathers’ questions and ask questions from father-visit guidelines: A longitudinal study
Authors: Olov Aronson.1 & Michael B. Wells.2
Affiliation: 1. School of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden 2. Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden