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Exploring care from extended family through rural women's accounts of perinatal mental illness – a qualitative study with implications for policy and practice

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Katherine Jackson, Debbie Smart, Dr James Newham, Dr Ruth McGovernORCiD, Professor Eileen KanerORCiD, Dr Raghu Lingam


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© 2020 The AuthorsExtended family often have an important role in caring for women experiencing perinatal mental illness; but rural women's perspectives are under-researched. We explored women's experiences of living in rural northern England and receiving care from extended family during periods of perinatal mental illness through 21 qualitative interviews. Key findings were that companionship, practical support - informal childcare and transport, and emotional support were important forms of care - filling gaps in formal service provision. Findings highlight women's needs for support from extended families in rural areas. The rural infrastructure and inequity in formal services can create vulnerability for women.

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Author(s): Jackson K, Smart D, Henderson EJ, Newham JJ, McGovern R, Kaner E, Lingam R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Health and Place

Year: 2020

Volume: 66

Online publication date: 24/09/2020

Acceptance date: 20/08/2020

ISSN (print): 1353-8292

ISSN (electronic): 1873-2054

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2020.102427


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