Balancing Risk

A Grounded Theory Study of Pregnant Women's Decisions to (Dis)Continue Antidepressant Therapy

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This study explored how eight pregnant women diagnosed with depression managed the decision whether or not to take antidepressants during pregnancy. In total, 11 interviews were conducted and analysed by means of constructivist grounded theory. The major category constructed was Balancing risk, with two minor categories: Assessing depression and antidepressants and Evaluating the impact of significant others. The participants tried to make the safest decision, taking all aspects of their life into consideration. They described successful decision-making in the context of managing social norms that surround pregnancy, in a way that was acceptable to themselves, their significant others and healthcare professionals.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume36
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)485-492
ISSN0161-2840
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015

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Pregnant Women
Depression
Interviews
Delivery of Health Care
Grounded Theory
Social Norms

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Balancing Risk : A Grounded Theory Study of Pregnant Women's Decisions to (Dis)Continue Antidepressant Therapy. / Nygaard, Lene; Rossen, Camilla Blach; Buus, Niels.

In: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, Vol. 36, No. 7, 07.2015, p. 485-492.

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