Pilot RCT of a social media parenting intervention for postpartum mothers with depression symptoms.

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2018 Dec 17

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<p><strong>OBJECTIVE: </strong>This pilot study describes the adaptation of a parenting group intervention for social media, and examines the feasibility, acceptability and initial outcomes of the adapted intervention for mothers with postpartum depression symptoms.</p>

<p><strong>BACKGROUND: </strong>Postpartum depression can negatively affect parenting and the parent-infant relationship. Mothers with postpartum depression symptoms experience barriers to access in-person parenting interventions.</p>

<p><strong>METHODS: </strong>A small, randomised controlled trial was conducted with an adapted parenting intervention delivered via social media (Facebook) or in-person for mothers who screened positive for depression in paediatric clinics. Parenting sense of competence, depression symptoms and intervention attendance and satisfaction were assessed. Twenty-four mothers (mean age 26&nbsp;years; predominantly African American with limited economic resources) participated in the study.</p>

<p><strong>RESULTS: </strong>Linear regressions showed that the social media group had significantly improved parenting competence and decreased depression severity when compared to the in-person group. Attendance in the social media group was high (83%), but extremely poor in the in-person group (3%). The mothers rated the intervention positively and the majority of the mothers participated by posting comments on the group page on social media.</p>

<p><strong>CONCLUSION: </strong>The findings suggest the feasibility and benefit of delivering a parenting intervention through social media for postpartum mothers with high levels of depression symptoms.</p>



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J Reprod Infant Psychol




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