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.
University of Oregon
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.