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Psychosocial adjustment during pregnancy: the experience of mature gravidas.
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PMID:  9087905     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine if gravidas ages 35 years and older have greater conflict in adapting to pregnancy than do younger gravidas. DESIGN: Static group comparison. SETTING: Prenatal care facilities and prenatal education classes. PARTICIPANTS: Sixty-four older gravidas (35 years and older) and 46 younger gravidas (32 years and younger) who were in their 3rd trimester of pregnancy. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Lederman Prenatal Self-Evaluation Questionnaire II, which contains seven scales measuring conflict in psychosocial tasks during pregnancy. RESULTS: Older gravidas had significantly less fear of helplessness and loss of control in labor than did younger gravidas. Age and education but not parity may account for this finding. CONCLUSIONS: Age and education may balance the additional concerns older gravidas may have about pregnancy and allow older gravidas to adjust to pregnancy as well as younger women do.
M A Stark
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0884-2175     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:    1997 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-06-26     Completed Date:  1997-06-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503123     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  206-11     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Age Factors
Analysis of Variance
Case-Control Studies
Internal-External Control
Pregnancy / psychology*
Reproductive History
Statistics, Nonparametric

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