Development and pilot of a positive measure of maternal mental health: The C-MEWS

Clarry, Laura ORCID: 0000-0002-1843-9797 and Carson, Jerome ORCID: 0000-0002-7596-116X (2018) Development and pilot of a positive measure of maternal mental health: The C-MEWS. Journal of Health Visiting, 6 (8). pp. 394-403. ISSN 2052-2908

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The existence of maternal wellbeing is characterised largely by the absence of depressive symptoms and mental illness. This study aimed to develop a positive measure of maternal wellbeing to be used with new mothers to determine mental health levels. Participants (n=323) completed a pilot measure that consisted of sampled and purpose written items endorsed during phase 1 (total n=51). The scale was then analysed for reliability and consistency. During phase 2, a new measure of maternal mental wellbeing was piloted. The C-MEWS score was compared with total sores for the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale and the General Anxiety Disorder questionnaire, and successfully discriminated between them. The measure demonstrates high reliability and good validity, taking into account various external factors. This study leads existing research closer to a conceptual definition of maternal wellbeing and a possible new approach to maternal mental health.

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Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in Journal of Health Visiting, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see
Uncontrolled Keywords: maternal wellbeing, perinatal health, mental health, postnatal depression
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2018 13:56
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2019 07:36
Identification Number: 10.12968/johv.2018.6.8.394

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