Canadian Psychology

This journal covers general mental health issues through news, research and practitioners.

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 2, May

"Feeling Low and Feeling Really Bad about Feeling Low": Women's Experiences of Motherhood and Postpartum Depression
AbstractTwo bodies of work on postpartum depression are reviewed. Quantitative, positivist studies examine the epidemiology and aetiology of postpartum depression, adopt a medical model of explanation and conceptualize postpartum depression as a pathological...
"Getting on with Life": Women's Experiences and Ways of Coping with Depression
AbstractThis study explored women's experiences of depression, and in particular how women living in rural communities understand, experience, and cope with feelings of distress unaided by professional help. Participants were 15 women living in rural...
Legacy of Betrayal: A Grounded Theory of Becoming Demoralized from the Perspective of Women Who Have Been Depressed
AbstractSeven previously depressed women were interviewed about their understanding of how they had become depressed. The grounded theory method was used to analyze the interview transcripts and develop a theory that reflected their understanding. The...
Loss, Happiness and Postpartum Depression: The Ultimate Paradox
AbstractThis paper describes a British-based longitudinal qualitative study of postpartum depression over the transition to motherhood. Twenty-four women were interviewed during pregnancy and one, three and six months after the birth. The data were transcribed...
Metaphors in the Talk of "Depressed" Women in Psychotherapy
AbstractVariations in how we describe, explain, and treat "depression" and in who is labeled "depressed" attest to the significance of the social-historical contexts in which our under standings and practices are based. A prevalent, modern-day (Western)...
The Negative Self-Concept in Clinical Depression: A Discourse Analysis
AbstractTraditional models of depression have received criticism for their individualistic approach that focuses on hypothetical, unobservable, inner states or processes and attempts to abstract these processes from the context of a person's everyday...
Ways of Listening to Women in Qualitative Research: Interview Techniques and Analysis
AbstractQualitative research on depression requires methods of interviewing and analysis that allow the researcher to hear how social factors are structured in thought and how such factors affect depressive conflict. I discuss six ways of listening used...
Why New Perspectives Are Needed for Understanding Depression in Women
AbstractThe often-cited finding that "depression" is a problem particularly afflicting women is one that mainstream theoretical approaches have been unable to explain satisfactorily. Such theories have been critiqued as inherently dualist and reductionist...
Women's Experiences of Treatment of Depression: Medicalization or Empowerment?
AbstractAn interview study was conducted in which women's experiences of diagnosis and treatment for depression were explored. Nine women who had been diagnosed by a physician participated in the study. Topics explored in the interview included how women...
"Your Heart Is Never Free": Women in Wales and Ghana Talking about Distress
AbstractIn this paper we document women's own constructions of their psychosocial health and the way they trace the problems they experience to the social and material conditions of their lives. We report on two qualitative studies: one in which 35 women...
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