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Psychosocial factors associated with preterm uterine contractions.
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PMID:  17917476     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The aim of our study was to evaluate how sociodemographic factors, psychosocial adaptation to pregnancy and well-being levels are associated with the onset of preterm uterine contractions allowing symptomatic preterm labor. METHODS: In a prospective case-control design, 51 consecutive women admitted for threatened preterm labor were enrolled. The patients received standard care. The day before discharge, once contractions had been stopped, the patients were administered 2 questionnaires: the Prenatal Self-Evaluation Questionnaire of Lederman and the Psychological Well-Being Scales. Controls were enrolled among asymptomatic, healthy women attending routine prenatal care. They were matched for parity and gestational age. RESULTS: Gestational age at inclusion ranged from 25 to 34 weeks. Fourteen cases and 4 controls delivered preterm. Cases were less educated than controls, showed a lower acceptance of pregnancy and worse relationship with others, namely with the husband, compared to controls. They also displayed a reduced environmental mastery. CONCLUSION: Having a low education, poor relationship with others, including the husband, and impaired coping skills appeared to be independent risk factors for the development of symptomatic preterm labor in urbanized women.
Fabio Facchinetti; Fedra Ottolini; Marta Fazzio; Marco Rigatelli; Annibale Volpe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychotherapy and psychosomatics     Volume:  76     ISSN:  1423-0348     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychother Psychosom     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-05     Completed Date:  2007-12-07     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0024046     Medline TA:  Psychother Psychosom     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  391-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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2007 S. Karger AG, Basel
Mother-Infant Department, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Case-Control Studies
Educational Status
Gender Identity
Internal-External Control
Interpersonal Relations*
Marriage / psychology
Obstetric Labor, Premature / psychology*
Personality Inventory
Prospective Studies
Quality of Life / psychology
Risk Factors
Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis,  psychology*
Stress, Psychological / complications*

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