Integrating maternal psychosocial well-being into a child-development intervention: the five-pillars approach.


Zafar, S; Sikander, S; Haq, Z; Hill, Z; Lingam, R; Skordis-Worrall, J; Hafeez, A; Kirkwood, B; Rahman, A; (2014) Integrating maternal psychosocial well-being into a child-development intervention: the five-pillars approach. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1308. pp. 107-17. ISSN 0077-8923 DOI: 10.1111/nyas.12339

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Abstract

: Maternal psychosocial well-being (MPW) is a wide-ranging concept that encompasses the psychological (e.g., mental health, distress, anxiety, depression, coping, problem solving) and social (e.g., family and community support, empowerment, culture) aspects of motherhood. Evidence-based MPW interventions that can be integrated into large-scale maternal and child health programs have not been developed. Building on several years of research in Pakistan, we developed and integrated a cognitive behavioral therapy-based MPW intervention (the five-pillars approach) into a child nutrition and development program. Following formative research with community health workers (CHWs; n = 40) and families (n = 37), CHWs were trained in (1) empathic listening, (2) family engagement, (3) guided discovery using pictures, (4) behavioral activation, and (5) problem solving. A qualitative feasibility study in one area demonstrated that CHWs were able to apply these skills effectively to their work, and the approach was found to be useful by CHWs, mothers, and their families. The success of the approach can be attributed to (1) mothers being the central focus of the intervention, (2) using local CHWs whom the mothers trust, (3) simplified training and regular supervision, and (4) an approach that facilitates, not adds, to the CHWs' work.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Nutrition and Public Health Interventions Research (2003-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Research Centre: Centre for Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH)
Maternal and Child Health Intervention Research Group
PubMed ID: 24571213
Web of Science ID: 333340000010
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2115609

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