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Women’s experiences of exercise as a treatment for their postnatal depression: A nested qualitative study

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posted on 13.03.2018 by Ruth V. Pritchett, Kate Jolly, Amanda Daley, Katrina M. Turner, Caroline Bradbury-Jones
Women with postnatal depression are often reluctant to take medication postnatally and access to psychological therapies is limited. Exercise offers a freely available treatment option but depressed mothers’ experience of exercise has not been investigated. We conducted a qualitative study nested within a randomised trial of an exercise intervention for women with postnatal depression. Women described deterioration in their sense of identity postnatally and through experiencing depression and described the positive impact exercise had on their sense of self. Views of exercise as treatment for postnatal depression ranged from doubts about its practicality to positive comparisons with other traditional treatments and to improved recovery.

Funding

This article presents independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research and the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West Midlands. R.P. is funded and K.J. part-funded by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West Midlands.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Health Psychology

Volume

25

Issue

5

Pages

684-691

Citation

PRITCHETT, R. ... et al, 2017. Women’s experiences of exercise as a treatment for their postnatal depression: A nested qualitative study. Journal of Health Psychology, 25(5), pp. 684-691.

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SAGE © The Authors

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2017-09-07

Copyright date

2020

Notes

PRITCHETT, R. ... et al. Women’s experiences of exercise as a treatment for their postnatal depression: A nested qualitative study. Journal of Health Psychology, doi:10.1177/1359105317726590. Copyright © 2017 (The Authors). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

ISSN

1359-1053

eISSN

1461-7277

Language

en

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