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Psychosocial Assessment and Integrated Perinatal Care

Chapter


Abstract


  • It is increasingly recognized that perinatal mental health is multifaceted and should not be limited to screening for a possible diagnosis of postnatal depression. This chapter discusses the background to, and role of, psychosocial assessment as a component of universal, mainstream antenatal and postnatal care. It highlights the importance of inquiring about broad risk factors including complex psychosocial comorbidities such as interpersonal violence, substance misuse, and history of adverse childhood experiences (e.g., childhood sexual abuse) which are known to impact on maternal mental health, parenting function, and infant outcomes. Concepts central to the implementation of effective integrated perinatal psychosocial assessment and care, and principles for establishing such programs in well‐resourced primary care settings, are described. Specific consideration is also given to the challenges and complexities associated with the delivery of integrated perinatal mental health care for women living in resource‐constrained settings. Current controversies and future directions are discussed.

UOW Authors


  •   Austin, Marie-Paule (external author)
  •   Fisher, Jane R. W. (external author)
  •   Reilly, Nicole

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • M. Austin, J. Fisher & N. Reilly, "Psychosocial Assessment and Integrated Perinatal Care", in Identifying Perinatal Depression and Anxiety : Evidence-Based Practice in Screening, Psychosocial Assessment and Management (eds A. W. Gemmill & J. Milgrom), (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, West Sussex, 2015) 121-138.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781118509654

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84976448910

Book Title


  • Identifying Perinatal Depression and Anxiety : Evidence-Based Practice in Screening, Psychosocial Assessment and Management

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • 121

End Page


  • 138

Place Of Publication


  • Chichester, West Sussex

Abstract


  • It is increasingly recognized that perinatal mental health is multifaceted and should not be limited to screening for a possible diagnosis of postnatal depression. This chapter discusses the background to, and role of, psychosocial assessment as a component of universal, mainstream antenatal and postnatal care. It highlights the importance of inquiring about broad risk factors including complex psychosocial comorbidities such as interpersonal violence, substance misuse, and history of adverse childhood experiences (e.g., childhood sexual abuse) which are known to impact on maternal mental health, parenting function, and infant outcomes. Concepts central to the implementation of effective integrated perinatal psychosocial assessment and care, and principles for establishing such programs in well‐resourced primary care settings, are described. Specific consideration is also given to the challenges and complexities associated with the delivery of integrated perinatal mental health care for women living in resource‐constrained settings. Current controversies and future directions are discussed.

UOW Authors


  •   Austin, Marie-Paule (external author)
  •   Fisher, Jane R. W. (external author)
  •   Reilly, Nicole

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • M. Austin, J. Fisher & N. Reilly, "Psychosocial Assessment and Integrated Perinatal Care", in Identifying Perinatal Depression and Anxiety : Evidence-Based Practice in Screening, Psychosocial Assessment and Management (eds A. W. Gemmill & J. Milgrom), (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, West Sussex, 2015) 121-138.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781118509654

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84976448910

Book Title


  • Identifying Perinatal Depression and Anxiety : Evidence-Based Practice in Screening, Psychosocial Assessment and Management

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • 121

End Page


  • 138

Place Of Publication


  • Chichester, West Sussex