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Perinatal mental health : an exploration of staff perceptions and comorbid personality disorder

Steele, Madeline


Madeline Steele


Lesley Glover

Julie Jomeen


This thesis portfolio comprises of three parts:

Part one: a systematic literature review, in which the available research into personality disorders during the perinatal period is reviewed. A systematic search identified 11 studies for inclusion, the findings of which are reviewed in a narrative synthesis incorporating methodological critique. Conclusions are drawn and related to the wider literature, and implications for research and practice are highlighted.

Part two: a qualitative study, in which the views of perinatal mental health staff were gathered to provide an insight into understanding of perinatal mental health problems and care. Three staff teams were interviewed using focus groups and thematic analysis was used to analyse the data, from which six themes emerged. These themes are discussed in relation to implications for practice and the wider research into perinatal mental health problems.

Part three: appendices supporting the systematic literature review and qualitative study, including an epistemological statement and a reflective statement.


Steele, M. (2018). Perinatal mental health : an exploration of staff perceptions and comorbid personality disorder. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Feb 15, 2019
Publicly Available Date Feb 23, 2023
Keywords Clinical psychology
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Additional Information School of Health and Social Work, The University of Hull
Award Date Jun 1, 2018


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Copyright Statement
© 2018 Steele, Madeline. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.

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