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Infant massage improves mother-infant interaction for mothers with postnatal depression.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11246096     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Postnatal depression can have long term adverse consequences for the mother-infant relationship and the infant's development. Improving a mother's depression per se has been found to have little impact on mother-infant interaction. The aims of this study were to determine whether attending regular massage classes could reduce maternal depression and also improve the quality of mother-infant interaction. METHOD: Thirty-four primiparous depressed mothers, median 9 weeks postpartum, identified as being depressed following completion of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) at 4 weeks postpartum, were randomly allocated either to an infant massage class and a support group (massage group) or to a support group (control group). Each group attended for five weekly sessions. Changes in maternal depression and mother-infant interaction were assessed at the beginning and the end of the study by comparing EPDS scores and ratings of videotaped mother-infant interaction. RESULTS: The EPDS scores fell in both groups. Significant improvement of mother-infant interaction was seen only in the massage group. LIMITATION: The sample size was small and had relatively high dropout. It was not possible to distinguish which aspects of the infant massage class contributed to the benefit. CONCLUSION: This study suggests that learning the practice of infant massage by mothers is an effective treatment for facilitating mother-infant interaction in mothers with postnatal depression.
K Onozawa; V Glover; D Adams; N Modi; R C Kumar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of affective disorders     Volume:  63     ISSN:  0165-0327     ISO Abbreviation:  J Affect Disord     Publication Date:  2001 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-03-14     Completed Date:  2001-05-31     Revised Date:  2009-09-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7906073     Medline TA:  J Affect Disord     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  201-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Section of Perinatal Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Depression, Postpartum / psychology*,  therapy
Infant, Newborn
Middle Aged
Mother-Child Relations*
Patient Education as Topic
Self-Help Groups
Treatment Outcome

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