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A meta-analysis examining the association between maternal perfectionism and perinatal depression and anxiety​

A meta-analysis examining the association between maternal perfectionism and perinatal depression and anxiety​
A meta-analysis examining the association between maternal perfectionism and perinatal depression and anxiety​
Background: perfectionism is an important feature of adult psychopathology. In the absence of a prior review of the role of perfectionism in perinatal psychopathology, we aimed to ascertain whether perfectionism was associated with symptoms of maternal perinatal depression and anxiety.

Method: we followed PRISMA guidance (PROSPERO: 42019143369 ), estimated weighted effect sizes and tested possible moderators: timing (pre or post- natal), scales used to measure constructs, infant gender, temperament and age; and rated study quality.

Results: 14 studies met eligibility criteria. Perfectionism as a whole, and the perfectionistic concerns dimension, were moderately correlated with common maternal perinatal mental health difficulties r= 0.32 (95% Confidence Interval = 0.23 to 0.42). In sub-group analyses, perfectionistic concerns were associated with depression (r=.34, 95% CI = 0.26 – 0.43). We found no evidence of significant moderation of associations.

Limitations: included studies had methodological and conceptual limitations. All studies examined depression and two examined anxiety; all examined perfectionistic concerns and four examined perfectionist strivings.

Conclusions: perfectionism, especially perfectionistic concerns, appears to be an
important feature of common maternal perinatal mental health problems. While further research is warranted, identification of perfectionism in the perinatal period may help focus resources for intervention
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Evans, Clare, Kreppner, Jana and Lawrence, Peter (2022) A meta-analysis examining the association between maternal perfectionism and perinatal depression and anxiety​. British Journal of Clinical Psychology. (In Press)

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Abstract

Background: perfectionism is an important feature of adult psychopathology. In the absence of a prior review of the role of perfectionism in perinatal psychopathology, we aimed to ascertain whether perfectionism was associated with symptoms of maternal perinatal depression and anxiety.

Method: we followed PRISMA guidance (PROSPERO: 42019143369 ), estimated weighted effect sizes and tested possible moderators: timing (pre or post- natal), scales used to measure constructs, infant gender, temperament and age; and rated study quality.

Results: 14 studies met eligibility criteria. Perfectionism as a whole, and the perfectionistic concerns dimension, were moderately correlated with common maternal perinatal mental health difficulties r= 0.32 (95% Confidence Interval = 0.23 to 0.42). In sub-group analyses, perfectionistic concerns were associated with depression (r=.34, 95% CI = 0.26 – 0.43). We found no evidence of significant moderation of associations.

Limitations: included studies had methodological and conceptual limitations. All studies examined depression and two examined anxiety; all examined perfectionistic concerns and four examined perfectionist strivings.

Conclusions: perfectionism, especially perfectionistic concerns, appears to be an
important feature of common maternal perinatal mental health problems. While further research is warranted, identification of perfectionism in the perinatal period may help focus resources for intervention

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Accepted/In Press date: 16 May 2022

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Local EPrints ID: 457590
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/457590
ISSN: 0144-6657
PURE UUID: 8c2e6f33-054c-4fb8-9422-c97d91b18326
ORCID for Jana Kreppner: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3527-9083
ORCID for Peter Lawrence: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6181-433X

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Date deposited: 13 Jun 2022 16:49
Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 02:08

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Author: Clare Evans
Author: Jana Kreppner ORCID iD
Author: Peter Lawrence ORCID iD

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