A conceptual model of psychological predictors of postpartum weight retention

Phillips, Joanne, King, Ross and Skouteris, Helen 2012, A conceptual model of psychological predictors of postpartum weight retention, Journal of reproductive and infant psychology, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 278-288.

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Title A conceptual model of psychological predictors of postpartum weight retention
Author(s) Phillips, Joanne
King, Ross
Skouteris, Helen
Journal name Journal of reproductive and infant psychology
Volume number 30
Issue number 3
Start page 278
End page 288
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0264-6838
1469-672X
Keyword(s) postpartum
weight retention
obesity
depression
anxiety
body dissatisfaction
Summary Obesity and being overweight affect almost half of all women of childbearing age, with postpartum weight retention (PWR) being a key contributing factor. Retention of postpartum weight has a number of negative health implications for mothers and offspring, including longer-term higher body mass index (BMI). There is increasing evidence that psychological factors are associated with PWR, including depressive symptoms, anxiety, stress, and body dissatisfaction. However, what is less known is how these psychological factors might interact with maternal physiological and physical weight factors, sociocontextual influences, pregnancy-related medical factors, and maternal behaviours to lead to PWR. We have incorporated identified psychological influences within an empirically supported, multifactorial, conceptual model of hypothesised predictors of PWR, and argue that a systematic and rigorous evaluation of this conceptual model will inform the development of appropriate prevention strategies.
Language eng
Field of Research 111402 Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Socio Economic Objective 920507 Women's Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Routledge
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049018

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