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A Qualitative Meta-Synthesis and Theory of Postpartum Depression

A Qualitative Meta-Synthesis and Theory of Postpartum Depression To synthesize existing qualitative literature on the first-hand experiences of women suffering from postpartum depression (PPD), to uncover potential common themes, a meta-synthesis of 12 qualitative studies using Noblit and Hare's 7-phase model of meta-ethnography was used. Four themes were discovered: crushed maternal role expectation, going into hiding, loss of sense of self, intense feelings of vulnerability, plus practical life concerns. A preliminary theory of PPD as a 4-step process is proposed, based on the relationships between the themes in this meta-synthesis. This 4-step process is compared and contrasted with Cheryl Tatano Beck's 4-stage theory of PPD “Teetering on the Edge”. This meta-synthesis and theory offers a significant contribution to the literature in helping identify PPD distinctly from depression outside of the postpartum period, and deserves further study. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Issues in Mental Health Nursing Taylor & Francis

A Qualitative Meta-Synthesis and Theory of Postpartum Depression

Issues in Mental Health Nursing , Volume 35 (9): 8 – Sep 1, 2014
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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2014 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.
ISSN
1096-4673
eISSN
0161-2840
DOI
10.3109/01612840.2014.893044
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25162187
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Abstract

To synthesize existing qualitative literature on the first-hand experiences of women suffering from postpartum depression (PPD), to uncover potential common themes, a meta-synthesis of 12 qualitative studies using Noblit and Hare's 7-phase model of meta-ethnography was used. Four themes were discovered: crushed maternal role expectation, going into hiding, loss of sense of self, intense feelings of vulnerability, plus practical life concerns. A preliminary theory of PPD as a 4-step process is proposed, based on the relationships between the themes in this meta-synthesis. This 4-step process is compared and contrasted with Cheryl Tatano Beck's 4-stage theory of PPD “Teetering on the Edge”. This meta-synthesis and theory offers a significant contribution to the literature in helping identify PPD distinctly from depression outside of the postpartum period, and deserves further study.

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Issues in Mental Health NursingTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 1, 2014

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