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Qualitative Exploration of the Impact of a Television Soap Opera Storyline on Women with Experience of Postpartum Psychosis

Roberts, L., Berrisford, G., Heron, J., Jones, Lisa, Jones, I., Dolman, C. and Lane, D. (2018) Qualitative Exploration of the Impact of a Television Soap Opera Storyline on Women with Experience of Postpartum Psychosis. BJPsych Open, 4 (2). pp. 75-82. ISSN 2056-4724

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Abstract

Background Postpartum psychosis has recently been the focus of an in-depth storyline on a British television soap opera watched by millions of viewers. Aims This research explored how the storyline and concomitant increase in public awareness of postpartum psychosis have been received by women who have recovered from the condition. Method Nine semistructured, one-to-one interviews were conducted with women who had experienced postpartum psychosis. Thematic analysis consistent with Braun and Clarke's six-step approach was used to generate themes from the data. Results Public exposure provided by the postpartum psychosis portrayal was deemed highly valuable, and its mixed reception encompassed potentially therapeutic benefits in addition to harms. Conclusions Public awareness of postpartum psychosis strongly affects women who have experienced postpartum psychosis. This research highlights the complexity of using television drama for public education and may enable mental health organisations to better focus future practices of raising postpartum psychosis awareness.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Partum Phychosis, PP, public awareness, television drama
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Copyright Info: Open Access
Depositing User: Katherine Gordon-Smith
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2018 16:08
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2018 12:10
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/6477

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