Date of Award

1976

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology

Department

Psychology

Physical Description

1 online resource (63 p.)

Subjects

Pregnancy -- Psychological aspects, Anxiety, Natural childbirth -- Study and teaching

DOI

10.15760/etd.2590

Abstract

A study was conducted to investigate the claim made by proponents of the natural childbirth method that attendance in the program results in a decrease of the anxiety commonly associated with pregnancy and delivery. Seventy-two pregnant women filled out the A-State and A-Trait forms of the STAI twice in their obstetricians' offices at points which approximated 6.5 and 8.5 months along in their pregnancies. Subjects who elected not to attend natural childbirth classes evidenced significantly higher state and trait scores as compared to those scores of subjects who did attend classes. Implications for dealing with these differences are discussed in terms of the natural childbirth program.

Description

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Psychology

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/16342

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