A Smartphone-Assisted Brief Behavioral Intervention for Pregnant Women With Depression

A Smartphone-Assisted Brief Behavioral Intervention for Pregnant Women With Depression

Publication date: Jul 31, 2020

Investigators developed Motherly 1.0, a smartphone app designed to treat and promote maternal mental health. A 2-arm parallel-randomized controlled clinical trial (RCT) will be conducted to test the efficacy of Motherly in conjunction with brief cognitive-behavioral therapy. 70 pregnant women between 16-40 years old will be recruited. Since all interventions will be conducted online, participants will be recruited from any Brazilian state or municipality. Participants will be randomly assigned to either receive intervention via app consisting of behavioral activation and psychoeducation to promote changes in sleep, nutrition, and physical activity habits, as well as to engage in prenatal care, breastfeeding, and social support, and to stimulate child development, in addition to brief cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) (n=35); or to a comparison group receiving an psychoeducational app (active control) with psychoeducational content about gestation, maternal health and mental health, and child development in addition to brief CBT (n=35). Duration of treatment will be eight weeks, during which participants in both groups will be assessed at the beginning (baseline; T0), weeks 3-4 (midpoint; T1), and week 8 (endpoint; T2) in order to evaluate treatment effects. A follow-up postnatal assessment will also be conducted when the child is three months of age (T3).

Concepts Keywords
Android Android
Auditory CBT
Bipolar Disorder Smartphone
Breastfeeding Behavioral activation
Chronic Diseases Major depressive disorder
Clinical Trial Postpartum depression
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Cognitive behavioral therapy
Congenital Disease Mood disorders
Edinburgh Abnormal psychology
Fetal Depression
Gestation RTT
Intellectual Disabilities Psychology
Mental Disorder Human behavior
Mental Health Psychiatric diagnosis
Municipality Psychiatry
Nutrition Cognitive behavioral therapy
Physical Activity Chronic mental disorder
Postnatal Diseases
Prenatal Care Comparison
Psychoeducation Online participants
Sao Paulo
Social Support


Type Source Name
disease MESH development
disease MESH habits
disease MESH sleep
disease MESH Depression
disease MESH Postnatal Depression
drug DRUGBANK Methyltestosterone
disease MESH congenital
disease MESH visual
disease MESH intellectual disabilities
disease MESH chronic diseases
disease MESH mental disorder
disease MESH schizophrenia
disease MESH bipolar disorder

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