Maternal unwanted and intrusive thoughts of infant-related harm, obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression in the perinatal period: study protocol

Date

2019

Authors

Collardeau, Fanie
Corbyn, Bryony
Abramowitz, John
Janssen, Patricia A
Woody, Sheila
Fairbrother, Nichole

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Publisher

BMC Psychiatry

Abstract

Unwanted, intrusive thoughts of harm-related to the infant are reported by the vast majority of new mothers, with half of all new mothers reporting unwanted, intrusive thoughts of harming their infant on purpose. Thoughts of intentional harm, in particular, are distressing to women, their partners and the people who care for them. While maternal, unwanted and intrusive thoughts of infant-related harm are known to be associated with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression, preliminary evidence suggests that they are not associated with an increased risk of harm to infants. Perinatal care providers and policy makers, as well as new mothers and their partners require evidence-based information in order to respond appropriately to these types of thoughts. The purpose of this research is to address important gaps regarding the (a) prevalence and characteristics of intrusive, unwanted thoughts of baby-related harm, (b) their association (or lack thereof) with child abuse, and (c) the prevalence and course of obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression in the perinatal period.

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Keywords

Epidemiology, Perinatal, Depression, OCD, Intrusive thoughts, Infant harm

Citation

Collardeau, F., Corbyn, B., Abramowitz, J., Janssen, P. A., Woody, S., & Fairbrother, N. (2019). Maternal unwanted and intrusive thoughts of infantrelated harm, obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression in the perinatal period: study protocol. BMC Psychiatry, 2019(19). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-019-2067-x