Applying Leventhal's self-regulatory model to pregnancy: evidence that pregnancy-related beliefs and emotional responses are associated with maternal health outcomes

Jessop, Donna, Craig, Lisa and Ayers, Susan (2014) Applying Leventhal's self-regulatory model to pregnancy: evidence that pregnancy-related beliefs and emotional responses are associated with maternal health outcomes. Journal of Health Psychology, 19 (9). pp. 1091-1102. ISSN 1359-1053

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Abstract

This study explored whether women’s beliefs about, and emotional responses to, pregnancy could account for variations in maternal mental and physical health outcomes, using the self-regulatory model as a theoretical framework. Women in the last trimester of pregnancy (N = 408) completed an online survey including measures of representations of pregnancy, coping, and physical and mental health. Results revealed that representations of pregnancy accounted for up to 30 and 39 per cent of the variance in indicators of physical and mental health, respectively. Findings suggest that beliefs about pregnancy may have important implications for maternal health.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: Lene Hyltoft
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2015 12:25
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 20:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55288

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