Maternal psychology aims to study the transition to motherhood, or "matrescence" as a unique phase of development within the trajectory of the female lifespan. Methods of qualitative and quantitative research are employed to examine aspects of pregnancy and parental adaptation. Individual psychological strength differences which increase resilience are measured alongside clinical psychological distress risk indicators. Maternal depression persists beyond the postpartum period after which symptoms may recur or become chronic and adversely affect child development during the most sensitive years.
- Track 1-1 Poor social support
- Track 2-2 Dispute
- Track 3-3 Intimate violence among partners