Relaxation During Pregnancy to Reduce Stress and Anxiety and Their Associated Complications

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/195435
Title:
Relaxation During Pregnancy to Reduce Stress and Anxiety and Their Associated Complications
Author:
Chambers, Andrea Suzanne
Issue Date:
2007
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Stress and anxiety during pregnancy predict perinatal complications over the course of pregnancy and labor as well as premature birth and low infant birth weight. The current study examined whether relaxation training provided to women at the beginning of the 2nd trimester could reduce stress and anxiety and assessed the impact of the intervention on perinatal complications, premature delivery, and infant outcomes at birth. Twenty-six moderately anxious pregnant women between 14 and 20 weeks gestation participated in the treatment study. Women completed a baseline laboratory assessment that involved questionnaires and a psychophysiological assessment. They were randomized to receive either six weeks of relaxation training or a list of tips for reducing stress (control). Women repeated the laboratory tasks post-treatment (Time 2) and again between 34 and 36 weeks gestation (Time 3). The treatment condition did not lead to greater mood change than the control condition at either Time 2 or 3. Several analyses, however, suggest relaxation training has the potential for reducing negative mood and complications over the course of pregnancy. Moderator analyses also revealed the treatment more efficacious for those with greater physiological flexibility.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
pregnancy; stress; anxiety; depression; relaxation; pregnancy complications
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Psychology; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
Allen, John J.B.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleRelaxation During Pregnancy to Reduce Stress and Anxiety and Their Associated Complicationsen_US
dc.creatorChambers, Andrea Suzanneen_US
dc.contributor.authorChambers, Andrea Suzanneen_US
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractStress and anxiety during pregnancy predict perinatal complications over the course of pregnancy and labor as well as premature birth and low infant birth weight. The current study examined whether relaxation training provided to women at the beginning of the 2nd trimester could reduce stress and anxiety and assessed the impact of the intervention on perinatal complications, premature delivery, and infant outcomes at birth. Twenty-six moderately anxious pregnant women between 14 and 20 weeks gestation participated in the treatment study. Women completed a baseline laboratory assessment that involved questionnaires and a psychophysiological assessment. They were randomized to receive either six weeks of relaxation training or a list of tips for reducing stress (control). Women repeated the laboratory tasks post-treatment (Time 2) and again between 34 and 36 weeks gestation (Time 3). The treatment condition did not lead to greater mood change than the control condition at either Time 2 or 3. Several analyses, however, suggest relaxation training has the potential for reducing negative mood and complications over the course of pregnancy. Moderator analyses also revealed the treatment more efficacious for those with greater physiological flexibility.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectpregnancyen_US
dc.subjectstressen_US
dc.subjectanxietyen_US
dc.subjectdepressionen_US
dc.subjectrelaxationen_US
dc.subjectpregnancy complicationsen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.chairAllen, John J.B.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberShoham, Vardaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBootzin, Richard R.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWilliams, Jeanen_US
dc.identifier.proquest2414en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659749582en_US
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