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Pregnancy decision making as a significant life event: a commitment approach.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8708996     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A value-laden basis for commitment to goals and the behavioral and affective sequelae of commitment were examined in the context of a stressful life event. Fifty-seven women who were interviewed during a clinic visit for a pregnancy test (Time 1 [T1]) subsequently received positive test results and were then interviewed 2 days later (Time 2 [T2]) and a month later (Time 3 [T3]). The intentionality and the meaning of the pregnancy were associated with self-reported commitment to the pregnancy at T1. In turn, commitment predicted affective states both prior to (T1) and shortly after (T2) receiving test results. Initial commitment also predicted decisions to continue versus to terminate the pregnancy. The decision to continue the pregnancy appeared to bolster self-reported commitment. Relatedly, those continuing the pregnancy reported smoking fewer cigarettes at T3 than at T1. For those aborting the pregnancy, commitment at T1 was negatively related to adjustment at T3. Initial commitment predicted subsequent depression, guilt, hostility among those who aborted, whereas commitment predicted anxiety among those who continued the pregnancy. Other correlates of commitment (pregnancy concerns, religion, abortion history, and other life goals) were explored.
J Lydon; C Dunkel-Schetter; C L Cohan; T Pierce
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of personality and social psychology     Volume:  71     ISSN:  0022-3514     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pers Soc Psychol     Publication Date:  1996 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-09-06     Completed Date:  1996-09-06     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0014171     Medline TA:  J Pers Soc Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  141-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion Applicants / psychology
Adaptation, Psychological
Decision Making*
Life Change Events*
Personality Assessment
Pregnancy / psychology*
Pregnancy Tests / psychology
Smoking Cessation / psychology

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