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The psychological impact of pregnancy related illnesses in the perinatal period

MacGregor, Hayley Dawn 2019. The psychological impact of pregnancy related illnesses in the perinatal period. ClinPsy Thesis, Cardiff University.
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This thesis has been written in the format of three papers: a systematic review, an empirical paper and a critical reflection paper. Pregnancy-related illnesses can negatively impact on the physical wellbeing of mother and the development of the baby. However, whether experiencing an acute pregnancy-related illness has an acute or chronic impact on the mental health of women in the perinatal period has not been explored. Paper one presents a systematic review of the psychological impact of pregnancy-related illnesses in the perinatal period. Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a pregnancy illness that is associated with negative psychosocial outcomes and increased risk of psychological distress in pregnancy and the postnatal period. Paper two used a cross-sectional design to test Ehlers and Clark’s cognitive model (2000) to predict posttraumatic stress disorder in women following experiences of Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Paper three presents a critical reflection on the thesis process and as such is not intended for publication. The implications of the research for clinical practice and the relevance for clinical psychology are discussed. Reflections on personal and professional development are also explored.

Item Type: Thesis (DClinPsy)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Cardiff University Centre for Human Development Science (CHDS)
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 July 2020
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2021 16:46

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