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Title: Postnatal demoralisation among women admitted to a hospital mother-baby unit: validation of a psychometric measure.
Epworth Authors: McKenzie, Dean
Other Authors: Bobevski, Irene
Clarke, David
Rowe, Heather
Fisher, Jane
Keywords: Demoralisation
Postnatal Mental Health
Early Parenting
Mother-Baby Units
Demoralisation Scale
Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Chronic Pain Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Dec-2014
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Arch Womens Ment Health. 2015 Dec;18(6):817-27
Abstract: Demoralisation is a psychological state characterised by experiences of distress and sadness, helplessness, subjective incompetence and hopelessness, in the context of a stressful situation. Experiences of demoralisation may be particularly relevant to women who have recently given birth, who can feel incompetent, isolated and helpless. The psychometric properties of the Demoralisation Scale among women in the postnatal period participating in a clinical program were examined. Women admitted with their infants to a hospital mother-baby unit in Australia for five nights were recruited consecutively (N = 209) and assessed at admission and discharge.
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ISSN: 1435-1102
Journal Title: Archives of Women's Mental Health
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Jean Hailes Research Unit, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Prahran, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Department of Psychiatry, Southern Clinical School, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Validation Study
Appears in Collections:Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Mental Health

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