The effect of singing interventions on symptoms of postnatal depression: a three-arm randomised controlled trial

Perkins, R. and Fancourt, D. (2018) The effect of singing interventions on symptoms of postnatal depression: a three-arm randomised controlled trial. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 212 (2).

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Abstract

This study assessed whether a novel psychosocial intervention could reduce symptoms of postnatal depression (PND) in the first 40 weeks post-birth. Analyses were carried out of 134 mothers with symptoms of PND randomised into 10-weeks of group singing workshops or group play workshops for them and their babies, or usual care. Overall, amongst all mothers with symptoms of PND, there was a non-significant faster improvement in symptoms in the singing group than either play group or usual care (F4,262=1.66, p=.16, η2=0.012). When isolating mothers with moderate-severe symptoms of PND, this result became significant, with a faster improvement in symptoms in the singing group (F3.9,139.8=2.74, p=.033, η2=0.028).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Music, PND, post natal depression, depression, motherhood, Arts Council, singing, community singing, health
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Music Psychology
Division: Performance Science
Depositing User: Rosie Perkins
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2018 10:30
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2019 03:03
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.2017.29
URI: http://researchonline.rcm.ac.uk/id/eprint/274

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