Seminars and Events
Aim:To provide a forum for departmental staff to share and learn about current research developments.
- To provide an opportunity for speakers (internal and external) to present work to the department.
- To provide a space for staff to present research work in progress.
- To generate and facilitate discussion and sharing of ideas about research substantive topics and methodologies.
- To critique and develop research in an informal and supportive environment.
Timetable for 2015/2016 Seminars
Date & Time: Thursday 18th August, 12:30 - 14:30
Title: Exploring the potential of digital resources as a source of social support in first time pregnancy.
Speaker: Nikki Newhouse
Venue: Seminar rooms 1 and 2, PCPH
Abstract: First-time pregnancy is a time of huge physical and emotional change and women often need extra support. This extra support often comes in the form of factual information, much of it generic, conflicting or anecdotal and routinely focused on physical health, why psychological and social support needs often overlooked. Good social support in first time pregnancy is associated with better maternal health, relationship satisfaction, child outcomes and coping and protects against postpartum depressive symptoms. Digital resources offer one way for perinatal women to build supporting social networks and human-computer interaction research is starting to explore technology's growing role in the experience of pregnancy. Internet and smartphone access and usage is ubiquitous within this group and pregnant women routinely source alternative forms of 'expert' advice and information via the Internet, particularly when they deem their antenatal care to be insufficient. The aim of this multidisciplinary research seeks to explore whether and how use of digital resources during first time pregnancy improves subjective wellbeing. The research will determine the contextualised user needs and requirements of a unique user group in order to guide the co-development of a working prototype of a digital perinatal resource.
This presentation will introduce topic areas for the PhD, discuss the completed and propose a future plan for the remainder of the PhD.
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