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dc.contributor.authorPowell, Charlotteen
dc.contributor.authorBamber, Deborahen
dc.contributor.authorLong, Jaquien
dc.contributor.authorGarratt, Rosemaryen
dc.contributor.authorBrown, Jayneen
dc.contributor.authorRudge, Sen
dc.contributor.authorMorris, T.en
dc.contributor.authorBhupendra Jaicim, Nen
dc.contributor.authorPlachcinski, R.en
dc.contributor.authorDyson, Sueen
dc.contributor.authorBoyle, E.en
dc.contributor.authorSt James-Roberts, Ianen
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-02T09:20:42Z
dc.date.available2018-05-02T09:20:42Z
dc.date.issued2018-04-17
dc.identifier.citationPowell, C., Bamber, D., Long, J., Garratt, R., Brown, J., and Rudge, S., Morris, T. Bhupendra, J.N., Plachcinski, R. Dyson, S., Boyle, E. St James-Roberts, I. (2018) Mental health and well-being in parents of excessively crying infants: Prospective evaluation of a support package. Child: Care, Health And Development, 44 (4), pp. 607-615en
dc.identifier.issn0305-1862
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/16137
dc.descriptionThe file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.en
dc.description.abstractBackground: During the first 4 months of age, approximately 20% of infants cry a lot without an apparent reason. Most research has targeted the crying, but the impact of the crying on parents, and subsequent outcomes, need to receive equal attention. This study reports the findings from a prospective evaluation of a package of materials designed to support the well‐being and mental health of parents who judge their infant to be crying excessively. The resulting “Surviving Crying” package comprised a website, printed materials, and programme of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy‐based support sessions delivered to parents by a qualified practitioner. It was designed to be suitable for United Kingdom (UK) National Health Service (NHS) use. Methods: Parents were referred to the study by 12 NHS Health Visitor/Community Public Health Nurse teams in one UK East Midlands NHS Trust. Fifty‐two of 57 parents of excessively crying babies received the support package and completed the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and Generalized Anxiety Disorder‐7 anxiety questionnaire, as well as other measures, before receiving the support package and afterwards. Results: Significant reductions in depression and anxiety were found, with numbers of parents meeting clinical criteria for depression or anxiety halving between baseline and outcome. These improvements were not explained by reductions in infant crying. Reductions also occurred in the number of parents reporting the crying to be a large or severe problem (from 28 to 3 parents) or feeling very or extremely frustrated by the crying (from 31 to 1 parent). Other findings included increases in parents' confidence, knowledge of infant crying, and improvements in parents' sleep. Conclusions: The findings suggest that the Surviving Crying package may be effective in supporting the well‐being and mental health of parents of excessively crying babies. Further, large‐scale controlled trials of the package in NHS settings are warranted.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWileyen
dc.subjectinfant cryingen
dc.subjectparental mental healthen
dc.subjectparental well-beingen
dc.subjectparentingen
dc.titleMental health and well‐being in parents of excessively crying infants: Prospective evaluation of a support packageen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12566
dc.researchgroupNursing and Midwifery Research Centreen
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.funderNIHRen
dc.projectid12/150/ 04en
dc.cclicenceCC-BY-NC-NDen
dc.date.acceptance2018-03-17en
dc.researchinstituteInstitute of Health, Health Policy and Social Careen
dc.exception.ref2021codes253ben


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