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Stress and Anxiety in Relation to Amniocentesis: Do Women Who Perceive Their Partners To Be More Involved in Pregnancy Feel Less Stressed and Anxious?

Bojana Brajenović-Milić   ORCID icon orcid.org/0000-0002-9440-9346 ; Department of Biology and meical Genetics, School of Medicine, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Tamara Martinac Dorčić   ORCID icon orcid.org/0000-0002-3844-8500 ; Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Karin Kuljanić ; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital Rijeka, Croatia
Oleg Petrović ; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital Rijeka, Croatia

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APA 6th Edition
Brajenović-Milić, B., Martinac Dorčić, T., Kuljanić, K. & Petrović, O. (2010). Stress and Anxiety in Relation to Amniocentesis: Do Women Who Perceive Their Partners To Be More Involved in Pregnancy Feel Less Stressed and Anxious?. Croatian medical journal, 51 (2), 137-143. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/53516
MLA 8th Edition
Brajenović-Milić, Bojana, et al. "Stress and Anxiety in Relation to Amniocentesis: Do Women Who Perceive Their Partners To Be More Involved in Pregnancy Feel Less Stressed and Anxious?." Croatian medical journal, vol. 51, no. 2, 2010, pp. 137-143. https://hrcak.srce.hr/53516. Accessed 29 Jan. 2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Brajenović-Milić, Bojana, Tamara Martinac Dorčić, Karin Kuljanić and Oleg Petrović. "Stress and Anxiety in Relation to Amniocentesis: Do Women Who Perceive Their Partners To Be More Involved in Pregnancy Feel Less Stressed and Anxious?." Croatian medical journal 51, no. 2 (2010): 137-143. https://hrcak.srce.hr/53516
Harvard
Brajenović-Milić, B., et al. (2010). 'Stress and Anxiety in Relation to Amniocentesis: Do Women Who Perceive Their Partners To Be More Involved in Pregnancy Feel Less Stressed and Anxious?', Croatian medical journal, 51(2), pp. 137-143. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/53516 (Accessed 29 January 2020)
Vancouver
Brajenović-Milić B, Martinac Dorčić T, Kuljanić K, Petrović O. Stress and Anxiety in Relation to Amniocentesis: Do Women Who Perceive Their Partners To Be More Involved in Pregnancy Feel Less Stressed and Anxious?. Croat Med J. [Internet]. 2010 [cited 2020 January 29];51(2):137-143. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/53516
IEEE
B. Brajenović-Milić, T. Martinac Dorčić, K. Kuljanić and O. Petrović, "Stress and Anxiety in Relation to Amniocentesis: Do Women Who Perceive Their Partners To Be More Involved in Pregnancy Feel Less Stressed and Anxious?", Croatian medical journal, vol.51, no. 2, pp. 137-143, 2010. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/53516. [Accessed: 29 January 2020]

Abstracts
Aim To assess whether imminent amniocentesis is associated
with the perception of increased stress and state
anxiety in women and their partners and whether greater
partner’s involvement during pregnancy alleviates women’s
stress and anxiety.
Methods Two hundred twenty women awaiting amniocentesis
and 90 male partners participated in the study.
The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, Perceived Stress Scale,
and Partner’s Involvement in Pregnancy Scale were administered.
Statistical analysis was performed using t test, one
way ANOVA, and Pearson correlation test.
Results Imminent amniocentesis caused increased stress
(17.6 ± 6.8; t = 7.32, P < 0.001) and anxiety (42.0 ± 11.9;
t = 8.51, P < 0.001) in pregnant women, but not their
partners (stress: 14.3 ± 6.1; t = 0.17, P = 0.862; anxiety:
36.4 ± 10.40; t = 0.66, P = 0.510). Stress was even more pronounced
in women who experienced another stressor, like
unplanned pregnancy, prenatal-related nausea and vomiting,
or chromosomal aberration in a previous pregnancy.
Significant negative correlation was found for women’s
stress and their perception of their partner’s involvement
during pregnancy (r = -0.23; P = 0.001); the same was not
found for women’s anxiety.
Conclusion Greater partner’s involvement during pregnancy
could diminish women’s stress, but elevated state
anxiety just before amniocentesis could not be alleviated
in the same way. Thus, health care professionals must pay
greater attention to the psychological status of women
undergoing amniocentesis to help them better cope with
the situation.

Keywords
Amniocentesis; Stress, psychological; Anxiety; Partner’s involvement during pregnancy

Hrčak ID: 53516

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/53516

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