Coping strategies in low-risk pregnant women: the influence of low and late fertility.


OBJECTIVE Socio-demographic factors were strongly associated with coping styles in pregnant women. We studied fertility postponement, a new increasing phenomenon in industrialized countries. METHOD We studied coping (The Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations, CISS) in 341 healthy pregnant women, with a median age of 34 years (IQR 31-36), in their third trimester, living in Veneto, region of Italy which emerges for its low and late fertility. RESULTS Task-oriented coping was the most frequently used coping styles (Median, IQR: 48, 44-53), followed by Emotion-oriented coping (Median, IQR: 44, 39-49). Avoidance-oriented coping with subscales Social Diversion and Distraction were used least frequently (Median, IQR: 44, 38-49; 21, 18-24, and 14, 12-16, respectively). Socio-demographic factors were not associated with coping styles, but maternal age was inversely correlated with task coping (Spearman coefficient rho = -0.13, p = 0.02). CONCLUSION Fertility postponement leads to the selection and use of ineffective coping strategies in an effort to alleviate anxiety.

DOI: 10.3109/14767058.2013.806903

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@article{Zanardo2014CopingSI, title={Coping strategies in low-risk pregnant women: the influence of low and late fertility.}, author={Vincenzo Zanardo and Petronilla Messina and Patrizia Trivellato and Francesco Cavallin and Arturo Giustardi and G. Straface and Daniele Trevisanuto}, journal={The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians}, year={2014}, volume={27 2}, pages={145-8} }