Author(s): Rees BL
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Abstract An exploratory study was done to examine the effectiveness of a relaxation with guided imagery protocol in reducing anxiety and depression and increasing self-esteem in new mothers during the first 4 weeks postpartum. The results indicate that anxiety and depression declined and self-esteem increased in subjects in both the experimental and control groups over the 4-week period. However, the decline in anxiety and the increase in self-esteem was greater in the experimental group than in the control group. The decline in depression was about the same in both groups. Further study, using more precise methodology and instrumentation, needs to be done to verify the results.
This article was published in J Holist Nurs
and referenced in Journal of Nursing & Care