Date of Submission

Spring 2018

Academic Programs and Concentrations

Psychology; Psychology; Gender and Sexuality Studies

Project Advisor 1

Sarah Dunphy-Lelii

Project Advisor 2

Deirdre d'Albertis

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Postpartum depression affects 10-15% of the western population, and even larger numbers in specific cultural groups. Certain factors of Orthodox Jewish culture place Orthodox Jewish women at risk for developing perinatal depression. There are two main schools of psychotherapeutic treatment for perinatal depression: interpersonal therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). This study proposal is concerned with the adaptation of the Mothers and Babies Course (MBC), a CBT, for an Orthodox Jewish population. 705 participants will be stratified randomly placed in either the MBC, an Interpersonal Therapy intervention, or on a waitlist. I predict that the MBC will not only be an effective form of perinatal depression intervention, but it will also be more effective than Interpersonal Therapy because of the nature of Orthodox Jewish culture. I predict that mothers in the MBC intervention will have a higher number post-treatment of securely attached infants than those in the other two groups. I will also be using the data collected to determine the distribution of attachment styles among the Orthodox Jewish population.

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