Assessing psychosocial risk in pregnant/postpartum women using the Contextual Assessment of Maternity Experience (CAME)

Bernazzani, Odette and Marks, Maureen N. and Bifulco, Antonia and Siddle, Kathy and Asten, Paul and Conroy, Sue (2005) Assessing psychosocial risk in pregnant/postpartum women using the Contextual Assessment of Maternity Experience (CAME). Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 40 (6). pp. 497-508. ISSN 0933-7954

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The Contextual Assessment of Maternity Experience (CAME) interview was developed to characterise the psychosocial context relevant to the maternity experience by providing a detailed picture of women's lives during the transition to motherhood. More specifically, it was designed to enable the assessment of major risk factors for emotional disturbances in pregnant and postpartum women, especially depression, within the same instrument and using a coherent methodological framework. METHOD: The CAME assesses three domains relevant to motherhood: 1) recent life adversity or stressors; 2) the quality of social support and key relationships including partner relationship; and 3) maternal feelings towards pregnancy, motherhood and the baby. Two high-risk samples of inner-city London women were used to test the psychometric qualities of the CAME components. RESULTS: Overall, the internal consistencies of the relevant components were high in both samples examined. The validity of the three components of the measure was evidenced by their association with either maternal characteristics or parenting assessments. CONCLUSION: It was concluded that the CAME shows promise as a measure of the psychosocial risk factors involved in the maternity experience for future research in this field.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work was supported by the Quebec FRSQ Fund; Fernand- Seguin Research Centre; NHS National R&D Programme (Mother and Child Health) and Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS)
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 12518
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Depositing User: Natasa Blagojevic-Stokic
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2013 07:07
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:29
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/12518

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