Supporting depressed mothers at home: their views on an innovative relationship-based intervention

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EContent Management Pty Ltd
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Contemporary Nurse, 2012, 41 (1), pp. 90 - 100
Issue Date:
2012-01
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This study explored the responses of a group of 111 mothers who experienced distress and/or depression and who received an innovative home visiting service until their child's first birthday. The article reports a thematic content analysis of the qualitative questionnaire responses returned by mothers after completing the intervention. The mothers valued the home visiting program for its capacity to increase their parenting confidence and to enhance their bond with their infants. They attributed this to the reassurance provided by the program and the skills and qualities of the home visitors. Their responses complement the benefits identified in the quantitative analysis of the program and demonstrate its impact from participants' viewpoints.
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