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: firstname.lastname@example.org