Effects of "Mom Power" Project on PTSD Symptoms and the Maternal Relationship in Mothers with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Evans, Rachel E.
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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not only common among veterans but also civilians in American society. This disorder is especially problematic in pregnant women as pregnancy tends to exacerbate the symptoms, which can have a negative effect on the mother-child relationship. Both cognitive-behavioral therapy and support groups have been shown to relieve symptoms of PTSD. The "Mom Power" intervention strives to combine these known techniques with parenting and self-care lessons to benefit mothers suffering from PTSD. In a research study of the intervention, mothers and children attend ten weekly group sessions and complete interviews and surveys both before and after the 1 0-week period. Results show that PTSD symptoms are significantly lower following the intervention, suggesting that the intervention has a positive influence on mothers with the disorder. These findings could be used to improve treatment for mothers and their children at other facilities.