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Salutogenesis: a framework for perinatal mental wellbeing


Kelly, RG and Hauck, Y and Thomas, S, Salutogenesis: a framework for perinatal mental wellbeing, Australian Journal of Child and Family Health Nursing, 13, (2) pp. 4-9. ISSN 1839-8782 (2016) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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The aim of perinatal parent education and support groups is to assist parents in the adaption to parenting before and after childbirth. One way to do this is to incorporate a focus on mental health/wellbeing promotion including relationships, informal and formal support structures, expectations of parenting, and stressors/concerns of parenting. One challenge in contemporary health promotion is addressing the influence of stress on parental mental health. With global rates of perinatal depression at 15 per cent, the influence of stress on early parental mental health/ wellbeing warrants urgent attention. Antonovsky’s Salutogenic model and Sense of Coherence concept is widely regarded internationally as a valid, theoretical framework within health care. This discussion paper argues why Antonovsky’s framework is well positioned as a perinatal parent education framework for promoting wellbeing.

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Item Type:Professional, Refereed Article
Keywords:Perinatal education, parental wellbeing, Salutogenesis, Sense of Coherence, Antonovsky.
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Community child health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Kelly, RG (Dr Robyn Kelly)
UTAS Author:Thomas, S (Dr Sharon Thomas)
ID Code:113415
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-12-22
Last Modified:2017-01-16

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