Thursday, 29 January 2015

Demoralisation Scale: An effective tool for clinical intervention in postnatal health


Researchers from the Jean Hailes Institute, the Southern Clinical School and the Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine have co-authored a study exploring the Demoralisation Scale and its psychometric capabilities for women in their postnatal period.

The study found that the scale was a reliable clinical means in determining severity of women being demoralised after giving birth as well as demonstrating the improvement of their psychological state after an intervention was initiated. 




Demoralisation is defined as a state of feeling immense listlessness, sadness, hopelessness and at times feeling inferior. This can be due to an intense or stressful experience at the time. The feeling of demoralisation can be induced following child-birth with mothers feeling useless and incapacitated.

The Demoralisation Scale was utilised to determine the efficacy of a clinical trial to assist women in overcoming their psychological state. Participants were recruited via hospital admissions to a postnatal unit. These women were assessed through the Demoralisation Scale at initiation of the program and upon completion.

Conclusions determined that the demoralisation scale score significantly decreased upon program completion. The mean score at time of admission was noted at 30.9. Upon discharge, the improvement was evident with a mean score of 18.4.

In order to develop further frameworks for improved treatment in the field of postnatal health, these results are necessary in order to determine the most effective form of treatment. It can be concluded that the Demoralisation Scale is a crucial tool in assessment and progression of the psychological state.

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