Psychological Approaches to Distress and Depression Following Childbirth

  • Jane Littlewood
  • Nessa McHugh


This chapter is concerned with the various psychological explanations that have been forwarded as explanations of depression and distress arising during pregnancy and/or following childbirth. The chapter commences with a consideration of psychotherapeutic approaches to depression and distress. These approaches emphasise the importance of early childhood experiences, particularly, in this instance, of a woman’s perceptions concerning her relationship with her own mother, to the onset of depression and distress during pregnancy and following childbearing. The many critiques of the psychotherapeutic approach will also be discussed in this part of the chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane Littlewood
    • 1
  • Nessa McHugh
    • 2
  1. 1.Goldsmiths’ CollegeUniversity of LondonUK
  2. 2.De Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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