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PLAYSPACE: A Preventive Intervention for Infants and Young Children at Risk from Postnatal Depression

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Postnatal depression is known to have deleterious effects on child emotional, social and cognitive development, and yet there are few prevention programs and little research on prevention of psychopathology in populations of middle socio-economic status (SES). This paper presents a preventive intervention for this population of women, infants and young children. The intervention, referred to as PLAYSPACE, combines an ongoing, relational-developmental, psychoanalytically oriented therapy group for the women, with a teacher-led concurrent psychosocial play group in an engaging playspace for the children and, in addition for some women, individual relational-developmental psychotherapy with a concurrent individual child care option in the playspace. A previous article presented the adult group component and outcome research. In this article, the focus is child outcomes, the psychosocial play group and the individual child care component.

Keywords: POSTNATAL DEPRESSION; PREVENTION PILOT STUDY; PSYCHOANALYTIC-DEVELOPMENTAL APPROACH; YOUNG CHILDREN AT RISK

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2008

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