Mother–infant psychotherapy and perinatal psychiatry: current clinical practice and future directions

Galbally, Megan, Lewis, Andrew, Paul, Campbell, Snellen, Martien, Szego, Klara and Trauer, Tom 2006, Mother–infant psychotherapy and perinatal psychiatry: current clinical practice and future directions, Australasian psychiatry, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 384-389, doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1665.2006.02309.x.

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Title Mother–infant psychotherapy and perinatal psychiatry: current clinical practice and future directions
Author(s) Galbally, Megan
Lewis, AndrewORCID iD for Lewis, Andrew
Paul, Campbell
Snellen, Martien
Szego, Klara
Trauer, Tom
Journal name Australasian psychiatry
Volume number 14
Issue number 4
Start page 384
End page 389
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006-11-15
ISSN 1039-8562
Keyword(s) infant mental health
mother-infant psychotherapy
parent-infant psychotherapy
perinatal psychiatry
Summary Objective: To explore trends in the practice of mother-infant psychotherapy among perinatal psychiatry clinicians based in Melbourne.Methods: A cross-sectional survey with a purpose designed self-report questionnaire was used to assess the attitudes and practices of 47 perinatal and infant psychiatry clinicians in their use and understanding of mother-infant psychotherapy.Results: Seventy per cent of clinicians in this field of psychotherapy who responded to the questionnaire subscribe to a psychodynamic model, although cognitive behavioural models are also used. The interventions were mostly used in conjunction with other interventions, would be more accurately described as 'parent-infant psychotherapy', and non-psychiatrists in the area tended to be more likely to be formally trained in psychotherapy, but only 4% were formally trained in specific mother-infant psychotherapy. There was a unanimous request for further clinical training in this area.Conclusions: The emerging field of perinatal psychiatry needs to develop coherent therapeutic models and conduct outcome trials on specific interventions. Specific trainings in these models, in assessment and in diagnostic frameworks are required to enhance clinical efficacy, for research and service development purposes.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1665.2006.02309.x
Field of Research 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
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