CURTIN University researchers are investigating whether a self-help intervention can benefit the mental health of mothers who suffer from perfectionism.
Perfectionism has been defined as always striving to achieve the highest standard in one or more aspects of life and engaging in highly self-critical thoughts about mistakes associated with meeting those standards.
Sarah Egan from School of Psychology and Speech Pathology said in previous studies, perfectionism had been found to relate to a higher incidence of postnatal depression and anxiety.
“Postnatal depression is a serious mental health condition affecting up to 20 per cent of new mothers during the first 12 weeks following the birth of their infant,” Dr Egan said.
“This research will help determine how we can improve treatments for postnatal depression and anxiety but examining perfectionism, something that hasn’t been done before.
“Ultimately, the outcomes of this research have the potential to improve the lives of mothers and their babies and reduce the need to access services post-birth.”
The team is seeking pregnant women who are in, or approaching, their third trimester and who may be wondering how they will adjust to being new mothers.
Participants will be asked to complete a short online survey and a brief self-help booklet over a four-week period.
For more information, contact Talitha Lowndes, Curtin researcher, on (08) 9266 3436, via email at email@example.com or click here.