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Mothers of IVF Twins: The Mediating Role of Employment and Social Coping Resources in Maternal Stress.
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PMID:  22533899     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Twin pregnancies and births resulting from assisted reproductive technologies have been associated with adverse perinatal outcomes and maternal health complications leading to psychologically complex parenting. In the current study the authors assess the prevalence of clinical levels of maternal stress among mothers of twins resulting from in vitro fertilization and examine the association of social coping resources with three maternal stress sub-scales. During the years 2003-2005, 88 primiparous Israeli mothers of in vitro fertilization-conceived twins provided socio-demographic data during their third trimester of pregnancy, and at 6 months after birth provided data on delivery and medical condition of infants, coping resources (social support and marital quality), and a maternal stress scale. Forty-one percent of the mothers reached a clinically significant level of maternal stress. Social support and maternal employment were the most significant variables associated with experience of the stress in the early stages of adaptation to mothering in vitro fertilization twins. Primiparous mothers of in vitro fertilization twins are vulnerable to maternal stress in early stages of adaptation to the maternal role, some of whom reach clinical levels that may require professional interventions. Unemployed mothers with low social support were the most susceptible to the deleterious effects of in vitro fertilization treatment.
Liora Baor; Varda Soskolne
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Women & health     Volume:  52     ISSN:  1541-0331     ISO Abbreviation:  Women Health     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7608076     Medline TA:  Women Health     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  252-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
a School of Social Work, Ashkelon Academic College , Ashkelon , Israel.
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