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Objective: To describe the subjective characteristics of optimal health (OH) of persons who have done pre- and perinatal psychology study and/or experiential work around early trauma. Study Design: Quantitative 20-item forced-choice questionnaires' total scores (t test) and/or a qualitative open-ended question with the results analyzed. Participants: Sixty-nine members of APPPAH. Results: Before and after ratings were significantly different (p < .05). Qualitatively, pre- and perinatal themes were an important precursor to optimal health; and were seen as one part of a holistic view of health. Two of sixty-nine participants reported no difference. Conclusions: Meaningful life changes leading to improved health based on pre- and perinatal psychology study and/or trauma experiential work appears to be beneficial for achieving perceptions of optimal health.


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Bobbi Jo Lyman, Ph.D.*

* This paper is based on a presentation made at the 10th Int. Congress of the Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health, San Francisco, CA (December, 2001) Bobbi Jo Lyman, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist. Correspondence about this article may be sent to 815 Saturn Lane NE, Bremerton, WA 98311. Email:

JOURNAL OF PRENATAL AND PERINATAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTH publishes research and clinical articles from the cutting edge of the science of prenatal and perinatal psychology and health. The journal, published quarterly since 1986, is dedicated to the in-depth exploration human reproduction and pregnancy and the mental and emotional development of the unborn and newborn child.

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