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Reducing depression among perinatal drug users - what is needed? A triangulated study

Reducing depression among perinatal drug users - what is needed? A triangulated study

Gilchrist, Gail, Cameron, Jacqui, Nicolson, Susan, Galbally, Megan and Moore, Paddy (2012) Reducing depression among perinatal drug users - what is needed? A triangulated study. Advances in Dual Diagnosis, 5 (4). pp. 164-175. ISSN 1757-0972 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1108/17570971211281666)

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Abstract

Purpose – Perinatal drug users are a marginalized group at risk of depression and parenting stress. This study aimed to inform service development by determining key components needed to reduce depression among this population by triangulating data from qualitative interviews with service users and their care providers; and expert opinion. Design/methodology/approach – Pre and post natal in-depth qualitative interviews with drug users attending a specialist antenatal clinic in Melbourne, Australia and their care providers were conducted; and an email survey of experts was undertaken. Twenty-eight interviews were conducted and the views of 10 experts were received. Data from these sources were triangulated to determine the key components of an intervention to reduce depression among perinatal drug users.
Findings – There was high concordance among data sources. Key service components identified were: case management; extended postnatal care; access to mental health services and drug treatment including relapse prevention; parenting support, and housing support. Judgmental attitudes from healthcare staff and the fear of child protection may be barriers to accessing services.
Research limitations/implications – The study findings are limited by the small sample size. Practical implications – Services should be enhanced in pregnancy and the early parenting years to build a service model that incorporates the key components identified in this study and supported in the literature.
Originality/value – This originality and value of this study was that it determined the key service components needed to reduce depression among perinatal drug users by triangulating their experiences and views, that of their care providers and expert opinion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: female substance abusers, pregnancy, depression, Australia, care providers, drug addiction, perinatal drug users, service improvements, substance abuse, triangulation,
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care > Centre for Applied Social Research
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/9850

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