A STUDY INTO PARTNER’s EXPERIENCES OF POSTPARTUM PSYCHOSIS
APP are working with Nia Holford on this study to follow up our previous work into the experience of partners. If you or your partner would like to take part, please follow the link at the bottom for more information and complete the brief questionnaire online.
I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist with the South Wales Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programme based at Cardiff University. I am conducting research along with Professor Ian Jones (Trustee of Action for Postpartum Psychosis (APP)) into the experiences of partners of women who have had Postpartum Psychosis.
The main aim of the research is to explore partner’s experiences of Postpartum Psychosis with the hope that this will help us to understand their experiences, and help inform and improve what support can be offered both to partners but also to the new mothers.
You may have heard Postpartum Psychosis referred to as Puerperal Psychosis, Perinatal Psychosis or simply PP. We generally use the term Postpartum Psychosis but if you know it by any other name we are still interested to hear from you. Postpartum Psychosis is a severe episode of mental illness that starts suddenly shortly after childbirth, and occurs in 1-2 in 1000 deliveries. As it occurs rarely, only limited research has been conducted on it but we know that there are certain risk factors in developing Postpartum Psychosis, what symptoms women tend to experience, and that with treatment most women recover fully. However, not much is known about the experiences of the partners of women who have experienced these episodes.
We are looking for partners of women who have had a diagnosed episode of psychosis following childbirth to complete a brief questionnaire about their experiences. We are looking for partners of women who have had an episode of Postpartum Psychosis less then 10 years ago and more than 6 months ago. This is a retrospective study so we are not looking for partners of women who are currently experiencing PP.
If you are a partner of someone who has had Postpartum Psychosis, and would like to take part, please explore the following link for more information and the option to complete the brief questionnaire online. Alternatively, paper copies of the questionnaire can be requested through the below email address.
If you have had postnatal psychosis yourself, and think your partner (who was with you at the time of your PP episode) would be interested in completing this questionnaire, please forward this onto your partner for their consideration.
If you have any further questions about this research, please contact me - Nia Holford (Trainee Clinical Psychologist) on HolfordN1@cardiff.ac.uk This study was given ethical approval by Cardiff University.