New Motherhood: A Time of Crisis?

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  • Beverly Celotta Ph.D.

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    1. Beverly Celotta is Assistant Professor in the Counseling and Personnel Services Dept. of the University of Maryland and is a licensed psychologist. For several years she has assisted the Parent Care Group of Washington DC American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics (ASPO) in the training of parent care leaders.
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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Twenty-three women who sought out prenatal (22) and parenting (23) classes scored in the normal range for physical complaints, ego strength, depression, anxiety, and the lie scale of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) at an average of 3.5 months postpartum, and had improved scores overall when tested again six weeks later. It is suggested that for this group of women new parenthood may not be as great a crisis as some studies have indicated.

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