Childhood abuse, pregnancy-related anxiety and the mediating role of resilience and social support

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Brunton, Robyn, Wood, Tamara and Dryer, Rachel. (2020). Childhood abuse, pregnancy-related anxiety and the mediating role of resilience and social support. Journal of Health Psychology. 27(4), pp. 868-878. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105320968140
AuthorsBrunton, Robyn, Wood, Tamara and Dryer, Rachel
Abstract

Physical, sexual and psychological abuse were examined as risk factors for pregnancy-related anxiety with resilience and social support as mediators. Pregnant women (n = 638) completed measures of pregnancy-related anxiety, resilience, perceived social support and childhood abuse. Women with an abuse history had higher pregnancy-related anxiety scores (m = 64.40) than other women (m = 55.36). All abuse types independently predicted pregnancy-related anxiety; resilience and social support were mediators. Results highlight the value of antenatal screening for pregnancy-related anxiety including specific risk factors such as child abuse. Programs such as the Midwife Continuity of Care are useful in encouraging disclosure.

Keywordsabuse; anxiety; pregnancy-related; prenatal; screening
Year2020
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Journal citation27 (4), pp. 868-878
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN1359-1053
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105320968140
PubMed ID33153340
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85095448398
Page range868-878
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