Siân M. Davies

Siân M. Davies
Liverpool John Moores University | LJMU · School of Psychology

Master of Science

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Introduction
PhD Investigating Fear of Childbirth Liverpool John Moores University 2020-2023 MSc in Research Methods in Psychology , University of Liverpool 2019-2020 - Distinction BSc (1st Class Hons) Psychology, University of Liverpool. Research Assistant: The OptiBreech Project, King’s College London. Honorary Research Assistant, University of Liverpool. Research Interests: perinatal mental health, perinatal anxiety, fear of childbirth, maternal-infant bonding, psychometric development.
Additional affiliations
January 2022 - present
King's College London
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • The OptiBreech Project
October 2020 - December 2021
The University of Manchester
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • GM.Digital
September 2019 - September 2020
The University of Manchester
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Moodbuster: A guided online self-help intervention for the prevention of depression in primary care
Education
October 2020 - September 2023
Liverpool John Moores University
Field of study
  • Investigating Fear of Childbirth
September 2019 - September 2020
University of Liverpool
Field of study
  • Research Methods in Psychology
September 2016 - July 2019
University of Liverpool
Field of study
  • Psychology

Publications

Publications (14)
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The Postpartum Specific Anxiety Scale [PSAS] was developed and validated as a research tool with a four-factor structure; with predictive validity corroborated in studies examining infant-feeding and maternal bonding outcomes. The PSAS has not been examined in relation to birth experiences. We aimed to confirm the PSAS four-factor structure and exa...
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(1) Background: Existing literature has identified associations between exclusive breastfeeding, maternal mental health, and infant sleep. This study aims to examine these relationships simultaneously and consider the mediating role of postpartum anxiety. (2) Methods: Participants completed validated measures of postpartum anxiety, infant sleep, an...
Article
Mental health problems have been established as one of the leading causes of the global burden of disease. Approximately a quarter of all people worldwide will experience a mental disorder during their lifetime. With depression and anxiety becoming the leading causes of mental ill health globally, the numbers of people reporting mental health compl...
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The Postpartum Specific Anxiety Scale (PSAS) is a valid, reliable measure of postpartum anxiety (PPA). However, it contains 51 items, so is limited by its length. This study aimed to reduce the number of items in the PSAS, produce a small number of high-performing short-form tools, and confirm the factor structure of the most statistically and theo...
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BACKGROUND Recent work across Greater Manchester reports that schools, teachers, and parents/guardians are increasingly concerned about the mental health and well-being of their children, but lack the resources, skills and time to identify or support those susceptible to poor mental health. Similar concerns have been expressed by parents and teachi...
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Background: The incidence of mental health problems in children and adolescents in the United Kingdom has significantly increased in recent years, and more people are in contact with mental health services in Greater Manchester than in other parts of the country. Children and young people spend most of their time at school and with teachers. There...
Technical Report
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Briefing Paper prepared for The Parent-Infant Foundation, London, United Kingdom.
Conference Paper
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Data from Wave 1 of The PRegnancy And Motherhood during COVID 19 Study [The PRaM Study]. Research taken from JRIP Editorial: “ Challenges and opportunities for child health services in responses to the COVID19 pandemic”
Article
Background When the vulnerabilities of the postnatal period are combined with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, psychosocial outcomes are likely to be affected. Specifically, we aim to: a) explore the psychosocial experiences of women in the early postnatal period; b) describe prevalence rates of clinically-relevant maternal anxiety and depressi...
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Background: Global crises inevitably increase levels of anxiety in postpartum populations. Effective and efficient measurement is therefore essential. This study aimed to create a 12-item research short form of the 51-item Postpartum Specific Anxiety Scale [PSAS] and validate it for use in rapid response research at a time of global crises [PSAS-RS...
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New mothers experienced worryingly high rates of depression and anxiety during the first lockdown, our new research has revealed. One of the major contributing factors to them feeling this way was the psychological impact of social distancing measures. Our study examined the psychological and social experiences of over 600 women with babies between...
Article
Background: There are associations between maternal mental health (anxiety and depression), maternal-infant bonding, and infant temperament. However, few studies have examined these variables simultaneously, and none have applied a parallel mediation analysis to consider maternal mental health as an explanatory variable. We aimed to examine these r...
Conference Paper
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Data from Wave 1 of The PRegnancy And Motherhood during COVID-19 Study [The PRaM Study].
Conference Paper
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Background The Postpartum Specific Anxiety Scale [PSAS] was originally developed and validated as a research tool with a four-factor structure. Its predictive validity has been corroborated in studies examining both infant feeding and maternal bonding outcomes. Validation is an iterative process and confirmatory factor analyses are necessary to ver...

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Project
The aim of this folder is to collate all the outputs from the rapid research response to the SARS-CoV-2, novel coronavirus, or 'COVID-19' pandemic. This will bring together all the work I have led and/or collaborated on, which has focused on investigating maternal and child health, including reconfigurations to accommodate the health system shock, perinatal mental health, perinatal bereavement, and access to safe and dignified pregnancy, intrapartum, and postnatal care.
Project
To collate all research projects relating to the PSAS.