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Feasibility of a psychoeducational group intervention to improve parental reflective functioning and bonding in pregnancy : a randomised trial.

Cox, Hannah and James, Alana and Day, Crispin and Reissland, Nadja (2020) 'Feasibility of a psychoeducational group intervention to improve parental reflective functioning and bonding in pregnancy : a randomised trial.', Journal of reproductive and infant psychology. .


Objective: To develop and evaluate Baby CHAT, a single-session psychoeducational intervention for expectant parents. Baby CHAT aims to improve parental reflective functioning (RF) and bonding. Background: The early years of a child’s life, including pregnancy, are vital for healthy physical and emotional development. Caregivers who provide responsive parenting, enhanced through strong bonds and good RF, can aid healthy development.. However, limited interventions exist to enhance RF and bonding in expectant parents. Methods: Feasibility of Baby CHAT was assessed using a mixed methods randomised controlled trial design. It evaluated uptake and retention of participants, effect size calculations, and acceptability and satisfaction with Baby CHAT. Results: Participants (N = 20) were aged 30–39 years (n = 17) in their third trimester of pregnancy (n = 12). Nine males and 11 females were recruited. Content analysis of qualitative feedback after the intervention resulted in four themes; positive group aspects, group improvements, 4D scan footage and relating content to my baby. Conclusions: Baby CHAT can help expectant parents think about their baby as a separate person and has potential to improve prenatal RF and bonding. However, further research is required to assess the effectiveness of Baby CHAT to improve bonding and RF.

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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of reproductive and infant psychology on 4 July 2020 available online:
Date accepted:13 June 2020
Date deposited:18 June 2020
Date of first online publication:04 July 2020
Date first made open access:No date available

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