Some findings exist regarding the potential efficacy of group based therapy interventions among mothers experiencing postnatal distress. However, small sample sizes have often been employed in the available research base and qualitative data that describes where and how benefits and issues arose in such groupwork has not been widely published. This pre/post mixed method evaluation seeks to test the effects of a Tresillian group therapy programme for distressed mothers. Groups are typically attended by 10 to 12 mothers. The groupwork goes over 8 weekly sessions and then a 9th reunion occurs 6 weeks post program.
The aims of this project are fourfold:
1. To establish any effect on group participants' level of Post Natal Depression (using the Edinburgh PND scale as a pre, end of programme and 6 weeks post programme measure).
2. To establish more general feedback from group participants about what kinds of issues were raised for them in the groupwork and how the groupwork did or did not help. The data collected here will arise from a series of open ended questions included in the questionnaire.
3. To establish discursive feedback from participants via post programme via focus group discussion
4. To canvass the feedback of partners of participants about their perception of the intervention's utility via an anonymous 6 week post intervention questionnaire.
UTS Staff involved: Cathrine Fowler