A Grounded Theory Examination of the Experience of Experts Leading and Contributing to Support Groups for Women Suffering from Postpartum Depression
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The purpose of this study is to gain an understanding of the subjective experiences and opinions of a group of women who have previously attended or facilitated support groups for women suffering from postpartum depression (PPD). PPD is one of the most commonly diagnosed postnatal complications in women, yet little is known about what the benefits and limitations of support groups are, or what the experience of attending a support group entails. This study will be conducted with the use of qualitative research methods, specifically grounded theory. Participants will be recruited using purposive sampling and will be asked to take part in an open-ended qualitative interview that will be tape-recorded and transcribed for analysis. The data derived from each interview will be analysed using a three-stage coding process that will allow for categories and themes to emerge. Finally, a propositional theory describing the experiences and opinions of the participants will be developed. The proposed study will give women who have extensive experience offering support and education to those suffering from postpartum depression a forum to share their knowledge and expertise. The data derived from the study may provide suggestions as to how to encourage more women who are suffering from PPD to use support groups to work towards healing. Furthermore, the information attained in the study could offer recommendations on how to improve the care offered by postpartum support groups.