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Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2014 Jan;19(1):77-89. doi: 10.1177/1359104512468286. Epub 2012 Dec 14.

Tiny moments of great importance: the Marte Meo method applied in the context of early mother-infant interaction and postnatal depression. Utilizing Daniel Stern's theory of 'schemas of being with' in understanding empirical findings and developing a stringent Marte Meo methodology.

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Department for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Sorlandet Hospital HF, Kristiansand, Norway.

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of basic Marte Meo video interaction guidance concepts and describes the therapeutic performance of the method applied in the context of early mother-infant interaction and postnatal depression. Weight is put upon the importance of the therapeutic relationship. Further Marte Meo therapy is understood in the light of Daniel Stern's theory of 'schemas of being with' and accompanied by clinical vignettes from therapy sessions. The empirical basis for the paper is a study of postnatal depression, mother-infant interaction and video guidance, carried out in Southern Norway. The study examined Marte Meo from a phenomenological perspective. Marte Meo was offered to mothers with either postnatal depression or depressive symptoms. In in-depth interviews the participants reported that the Marte Meo method, 'from the outside looking in', increased their reflections about their infants and their own mental states as well as their sensitive interaction with their newborn. Their mothering was improved and they reported feeling less depressed. We argue that Marte Meo methodology can guide new mothers with depressive symptoms, and contribute to the creation of new schemas of being together.

KEYWORDS:

Marte Meo method; mother–infant interaction; postnatal depression; schemas of being with; therapeutic relationship; video interaction guidance

PMID:
23242466
DOI:
10.1177/1359104512468286
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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