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“The severity of depressive symptoms, inversely associated with vitamin A plasma levels, is likely to be modulated by the degree of inflammation. Patients presenting with lifetime psychotic symptoms may be more vulnerable to oxidative stress and may have a higher activation of humoral immunity.” Read more about our work here.
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More evidence of construct validity for the BIMF:   Maternal Functioning and Breast Feeding Self Efficacy are found to be significantly and positively correlated in a study of 254 postpartum women.  Makes perfect sense ! Read more: Palancı AY, Ö., & Aktaş, S. (2021). The effect of maternal functional and postpartum depression status on breastfeeding self-efficacy…
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Join us @2:10pm on April 12th as I talk #ClimateAndMentalHealth 2:10 p.m. Impacts of Climate Change on Maternal and Child Mental Health Dr. Jennifer Barkin Description: This session will explore the mental health ramifications of climate change on maternal child mental health.  Specific mood symptoms and behavioral patterns will be discussed as will as risk…
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The BIMF was one of thirty-six measures reviewed as part of a study on Becoming a Mother (BAM).  Abstract found here. Full Citation: Maxwell, D., & Leat, S. R. (2022). A review of the empirical measures on becoming a mother and their relevance to the American Indian/Native Alaskan mother: implications for research and policy. Journal of…
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Talking climate and maternal mental health with staffers from the offices of Senator Raphael Warnock, Senator Jon Ossoff,  Representative Austin Scott, and Representative Jody Hice.      
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“Maternal functioning was not significantly associated with ACE scores. Several concurrent and longitudinal associations between self-reported depression, anxiety, and maternal functioning also emerged, with effect sizes ranging from small to medium (see Table 2).” The authors examined the relationship between ACEs and mental health outcomes.  Read more here.
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