About the Project
Treatment for PP is mainly pharmacological and often involves an inpatient admission in a mother and baby unit. Mothers and babies are often separated in the acute phase of the illness but reunited as quickly as possible. Whilst there is emerging research on the experiences of women with PP and their families, no psychological model currently exists. Such a model would be important in informing treatment approaches, particularly in the later stages of recovery. A recent study highlights the important role of the baby in the recovery processiii. However, more research is needed to fully understand how mother-baby interactions might be affected by PP and also how such interactions might facilitate recovery.
Psychological interventions have been shown to be effective in improving recovery following first-episode psychosis not related to childbirthiv,v and may also be useful for women with PP. However, they are also likely to need to be adapted to include the mother-baby relationship and other postnatal and systemic factors. This project aims to use mixed methods to further understand the process of recovery following an episode of PP and to develop a psychological model of PP to inform intervention development.
For more information on the supervisor for this project, please go here: https://people.uea.ac.uk/j_hodgekins
This is a PhD programme.
The start date of the project is 1 February 2021.
The mode of study is full-time. The studentship length is 3 years. Please note, 3-year studentships have a (non-funded) 1-year ‘registration only’ period.
A bench fee may also payable on top of the tuition fee to cover specialist equipment or laboratory costs required for the research. The amount charged annually will vary considerably depending on the nature of the project and applicants should contact the primary supervisor for further information about the fee associated with the project.
Acceptable first degree in Psychology.
The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1.
ii) Blackmore, E. R., Rubinow, D. R., O’Connor, T. G., Liu, X., Tang, W., Craddock, N., & Jones, I. (2013). Reproductive outcomes and risk of subsequent illness in women diagnosed with postpartum psychosis. Bipolar Disorders, 15, 394-404
iii) Plunkett, C., Peters, S., Wieck, A. & Wittkowski, A. (2017). A qualitative investigation in the role of the baby in recovery from post-partum psychosis. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 24, 1099-1108
iv) Fowler, D., Hodgekins, J., Berry, C., Clarke, T., Palmier-Claus, J., … French, P. (2019). Social recovery therapy: a treatment manual. Psychosis, 11, 261-272
v) Fowler, D., Hodgekins, J., French, P. (2019). Social Recovery Therapy in improving activity and social outcomes in early psychosis: current evidence and longer term outcomes. Schizophrenia Research, 203, 99-104.
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