The effect of mother-infant group music classes on postnatal depression-A systematic review protocol

Corinna Colella*, Jenny McNeill, Fiona Lynn

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Postnatal mental health problems affect 10–15% of women and can adversely impact on mother-infant interactions and bonding, the mother’s mood, and feelings of competence. There is evidence that attending performing arts activities, such as singing, dancing, and listening to music, may improve maternal mental health with potential for an effect on postnatal depression.

A systematic review will be conducted to assess the effect of mother-infant group music classes on postnatal depression compared to standard care, no control or wait list control. Studies will be included that report on postnatal depression. Further outcomes of interest include anxiety, stress, parenting competence, confidence and self-efficacy, perceived social support and mother-infant bonding. Infant and child outcomes measuring cognitive development, behaviour and social and emotional development will be included.

Search databases to be used will be Medline, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Scopus, CENTRAL, Web of Science, Maternity and Infant Care and discipline-specific journals for music.

The Cochrane’s Template for Intervention description and replication (TIDieR) checklist and guide will be utilised to aid a detailed description, standardised assessment and quality assurance. Risk of bias will be assessed by the authors using the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions risk of bias tool.

If sufficient studies are available, meta-analyses will be conducted to combine, compare and summarise the results of the studies for more precise estimates of effects. Where meta-analysis is not possible, results for each individual study will be reported through qualitative narrative data synthesis.

This systematic review will identify and synthesise evidence of the measured effect of postnatal mother-infant interventions involving music on maternal psychological and psychosocial outcomes and infant/child outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0273669
Number of pages12
JournalPLoS One
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 06 Oct 2022

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  • Child
  • Depression
  • Depression, Postpartum
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Meta-Analysis as Topic
  • Mothers
  • Music
  • Pregnancy
  • Systematic Reviews as Topic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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