The Relationship Between Sleep Quality and Mothers With Postpartum Depression Compared To Mothers Without PPD

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The study by Posmontier (2008) examines the relationship between sleep quality and mothers with postpartum depression (PPD) compared to mothers who do not have PPD. This research paper will review and critique various sections of the study.
Study Question Postmontier (2008) clearly states two research questions along with what the researcher is looking to obtain from the data received. The first research question compares sleep quality between mothers with and without PPD. Posmontier (2008) is interested in four areas regarding sleep quality such as “waking up after sleep onset, sleep latency, sleep efficacy, and wake episodes” (p.729). The second research question is interested in learning more about how sleep quality affects PPD
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The writer agrees with this research method and the need for continued research in this work. It would be beneficial for clinicians to discover ways to improve sleep quality for all postpartum mothers with and without depression to decrease the negative side effects of sleep deficiency.
Participants
Posmontier (2008) collected information from a “convenience sample of 46 women, 23 of the women had postpartum depression and 23 of the women did not have postpartum depression” (p. 724). The women were recruited from three clinics in the northeast by “posters and brochures in the office waiting room” (p. 724). Participants were allocated into either the intervention group or control group depending on if they had a diagnosis of postpartum depression or not. The control group was the mothers who did not have postpartum depression. Interested participants informed their clinicians and were then contacted by a primary investigator who then randomly chose mothers based on eligibility criteria. The primary investigator assigned the women depending on if they had postpartum depression. It was a random sample because every postpartum mother that came into the clinic had a chance greater than zero of being in the study. Stratification was used to evenly distribute the women into their groups (Burns & Groove, 2009). The groups were well balanced, each group had 23

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