Santé psychologique et habiletés parentales pendant la période périnatale

Chercheurs-boursiers- Junior 2 | Concours 2012-2013

Nancy Feeley

Institut Lady Davis de recherches médicales de l'Hôpital général juif


Domaine : Santé de la mère, des enfants et des adolescents 

My research examines the psychological health and parenting of mothers and fathers in the first few years after having a baby. Psychological health problems, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress can have obstetrical and psychological consequences not only for the parents who experience these problems, but also for other family members and the child. Parents¿ psychological health influences their ability to parent, as well as their baby¿s development. My research has described parents¿ psychological health and adjustment, identified what factors might affect psychological health, and examined how parents¿ psychological health affects their parenting. Much of my work has been concerned with the parents of babies who are born prematurely and require hospitalization in neonatal intensive care. I developed an innovative program to help mothers cope with this stressful experience, and develop a relationship with their tiny infant. My research is examining whether this innovative program is effective in helping mothers in these difficult circumstances. My studies have also examined what it is like to be a parent of a newborn requiring many months of care in neonatal intensive care. Currently, I am investigating how fathers are involved with their baby in this setting. This information will be important to health professionals who wish to enhance father's involvement with their newborn. I am also interested in understanding why expectant or new parents who have psychological health problems do not utilize health care services to manage these problems. I will conduct studies to examine what parents consider to be acceptable care for psychological problems. This information is essential to develop new models of health care that are acceptable to parents, well-utilized and effective.