About the project
“New families”: Innovation and Development of the Child Health Services in Oslo
Perinatal depression symptoms and parental stress among first-time mothers
The study is part of the research project New Families (NF), which is a collaborative project between the Municipality of Oslo, VID, University of Oslo and the Institute of Public Health.
New Families is an early intervention program based on home visits by public health nurses, from week 28 of pregnancy and into the child's first two years of life. Internationally, few early intervention programs aimed at improving Community Health Services (CHS) are developed in a country where the existing service is free, voluntary and used by 98% of the eligible population (Norwegian Board of Health Supervision, 2013). The program is user controlled and comes in addition to the regular follow-up at the health station. The goal is to strengthen the parent's ability and confidence in the parent role. NF have a salutogenetic perspective, with focus on resource mobilization and parental support work.
Triangulation of method is planned with both quantitative and qualitative methods. The quantitative data are collected through self-report questionnaires. Qualitative data will be collected through in-depth interviews. The results are intended to complement each other. The following research question will guide the ph.d study:
Does the intervention program «New Families» reduce the risk of postpartum depression symptoms and parental stress among first-time mothers compared with usual CHS care?
The study has a prospective non-randomized controlled design. Parents are recruited during pregnancy; with follow up to the child is 12 months.
Master in Health Siences from University of Oslo
Community Health Services