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Maternal anxiety in the pre- and postnatal period: a literature review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17923988     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study intended to present a systematic review to analyze the empirical studies published between 1998 and 2003 about maternal anxiety in the prenatal and postnatal periods, focusing on pre-term and term births. Nineteen studies were found; six of which evaluated maternal anxiety in the prenatal period, 12 studies evaluated anxiety in mothers in the postnatal period and only one study evaluated maternal anxiety in both periods. The results showed that high levels of maternal anxiety in the prenatal phase were associated with obstetric problems, emotional damages to fetal development, behavioral problems in childhood and adolescence. The mothers presented higher anxiety levels when compared with the fathers. The co-occurrence of maternal anxiety and depression was found. The maternal anxiety assessment is relevant to identify both maternal mental health and child development at risk.
Luciana Leonetti Correia; Maria Beatriz Martins Linhares
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Revista latino-americana de enfermagem     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0104-1169     ISO Abbreviation:  Rev Lat Am Enfermagem     Publication Date:    2007 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-09     Completed Date:  2007-12-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9420934     Medline TA:  Rev Lat Am Enfermagem     Country:  Brazil    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  677-83     Citation Subset:  N    
Mental Health Program, Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety* / diagnosis,  psychology,  therapy
Child Behavior Disorders / etiology
Depression, Postpartum* / complications,  etiology
Fathers / psychology
Fetal Development
Infant, Newborn
Mental Health
Mother-Child Relations
Mothers / psychology*
Parturition / psychology*
Personality Tests
Pregnancy Complications / psychology*
Premature Birth / psychology*
Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects
Risk Factors

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