Effect of a web-based positive psychology intervention on prenatal well-being: A case series study

Giulia Corno (Corresponding Author), Ernestina Etchemendy, Macarena Espinoza, Rocío Herrero, Guadelupe Molinari, Alba Carrillo, Constance Drossaert, Rosa Maria Baños

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Abstract

Background
Detrimental effects of women’s negative feelings during pregnancy have been extensively examined and documented, but research on the influence of positive feelings and protective factors on their prenatal mental health is scarce. Evidence from the positive psychology field has shown that practicing some brief positive exercises, called positive psychology interventions, can maximize well-being by increasing positive emotions, engagement, and meaning.
Aim
The aim of this study is to examine the effect of a positive psychology web-based intervention on indices of women’s prenatal well-being.
Methods
Specifically, a case series design was adopted, and data from six women are presented. Participants were involved in a 5-week online positive psychology intervention that includes a set of positive psychology interventions specifically adapted for pregnant women. Measures of women’s mental well-being, depression, pregnancy-related anxiety, life satisfaction, and social support were measured at pre- and post-intervention. Compliance with the intervention and exercise preferences were assessed at post-test. Single-item related well-being measures were assessed weekly.
Findings and discussion
The findings of this case series study indicate potential effects of the intervention on supporting mental well-being and decreasing depressive symptomatology in these pregnant women. Furthermore, this study provides some suggestions for developing future online-based positive interventions addressed to pregnant women. However, these findings are preliminary, and future studies are needed in order to assess the effects of the intervention in a wider population of pregnant women.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberWOMBI 653
Pages (from-to)e1-e8
Number of pages8
JournalWomen and Birth
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018

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    Corno, G., Etchemendy, E., Espinoza, M., Herrero, R., Molinari, G., Carrillo, A., ... Baños, R. M. (2018). Effect of a web-based positive psychology intervention on prenatal well-being: A case series study. Women and Birth, 31(1), e1-e8. [WOMBI 653]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2017.06.005