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Negative thoughts after childbirth : development and preliminary validation of a self-report scale.

Hall, Pauline L. and Papageorgiou, Costas (2005) Negative thoughts after childbirth : development and preliminary validation of a self-report scale. Depression and Anxiety, 22 (3). pp. 121-129. ISSN 1091-4269

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Abstract

This study describes the development and initial validation of a questionnaire that is suitable for detecting and measuring postpartum negative thoughts. Semistructured interviews with mothers who had suffered from postnatal depression were conducted to inform the content of the questionnaire. The initial questionnaire, alongside other measures, was then administered to a nonclinical sample of mothers with babies aged 0-7 months. Using principal components analysis, a two-factor structure was obtained for the Postnatal Negative Thoughts Questionnaire (PNTQ). The factors included appraisal of cognition, emotion, and situation (ACES) and baby-related and motherhood negative thoughts (BRM-NT). The psychometric properties demonstrated acceptable validity, satisfactory test-retest reliability, and internal consistency. These findings suggest that the PNTQ is a reliable and valid measure for assessing postpartum negative thoughts. Consistent with previous research, findings also suggest that appraisal of negative thoughts is more strongly related to postpartum depression than to the experience of negative thoughts per se. Clinicians may use the PNTQ to offer new mothers the opportunity to assess whether negative thoughts or metacognitive appraisals are being experienced as problematic. Additionally, a direct focus upon the metacognitive appraisals of postpartum negative thoughts may provide a useful adjunct to traditional cognitive therapy approaches. Recommendations for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Depression and Anxiety
Additional Information: PG Intake 2001
Uncontrolled Keywords: postpartum depression • psychological assessment • test construction • appraisal • negative cognitions
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 33794
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 05 Jul 2010 15:40
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:28
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/33794

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