Qualitative investigation into pre- and post-natal experience of parents of triplets

Kotera, Y, Kaluzeviciute, G and Viliardos, LA ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0288-0924 2021, 'Qualitative investigation into pre- and post-natal experience of parents of triplets' , Journal of Child and Family Studies .

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Abstract

Although parents of triplets experience substantial mental distress, research about this increasing population has primarily focused on physical health risks of triplets and mothers, failing to capture the subjective wellbeing of parents. Accordingly, this study aimed to understand first-hand experience of parents of triplets, using thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews participated by eight parents (four couples: Age M = 48.63, SD = 10.61 years). Six themes were identified: (1) Negative and (2) Positive experiences of raising triplets prenatally and postnatally, (3) Social, psychological, and material support, (4) Experiences and challenges specific to mothers and (5) fathers, and (6) Advice for future parents. These themes suggest that being reassured and accepting support from others are particularly essential in reducing stress and anxiety. Self-compassion interventions were recommended to support the wellbeing of parents of triplets. Our findings will help parents of triplets, their social circles, and healthcare workers to develop effective approaches to reduce the mental health difficulties that this under-researched population experiences.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Child and Family Studies
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1062-1024
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Depositing User: LA Viliardos
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2021 09:07
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 09:15
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/62586

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