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A Longitudinal Study of Maternal Self-Injurious Thoughts and Behaviors at the Perinatal Transition 

2021 Linked Standard Research Grant
Amount Awarded: $446,999
Focus Area: Psychosocial Studies

Maureen Zalewski, Ph.D.

Maureen Zalewski, Ph.D.
University of Oregon

Sheila Crowell, Ph.D.

Sheila Crowell, Ph.D.
University of Utah

Inside the Research

Pregnancy and motherhood are often viewed as protective factors against self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. However, suicide accounts for 20-30% of perinatal deaths the year after birth. We will interview women who experience suicidal ideation during the 3rd trimester and then again at 6 weeks and 4 months postpartum. We will learn about suicidal thoughts or experiences and about risk and protective factors during the transition to motherhood.