This work was funded by the Health Research Fund (Fondo de Investigaciones Sanitarias, FIS), grant number PI07/0571 from the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Spain).
Coping strategies of Spanish pregnant women and their impact on anxiety and depression†
Article first published online: 18 OCT 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 36, Issue 1, pages 54–64, February 2013
How to Cite
Peñacoba-Puente, C., Carmona-Monge, F. J., Marín-Morales, D. and Naber, K. (2013), Coping strategies of Spanish pregnant women and their impact on anxiety and depression. Res. Nurs. Health, 36: 54–64. doi: 10.1002/nur.21513
- Issue published online: 11 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 18 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 SEP 2012
The aims of this study were to analyze the coping strategies used by women in the first trimester of low-risk pregnancies, their relationships to sociodemographic and pregnancy variables, and their ability to predict anxiety and depression in the third trimester. Participants in the first trimester were 285 Spanish pregnant women, of whom 122 were followed into the third trimester. The use of problem-focused coping was stable, whereas variations occurred in emotion-focused coping. Age, educational level, employment, planned pregnancy, previous childbirth, and previous miscarriage were associated with adaptive coping. Coping strategies predicting anxiety and depressive symptoms were overt emotional expression and social support seeking. Coping through religion predicted anxiety. Coping is a complex process influenced by sociodemographic and obstetric factors that can contribute to the onset of psychological symptoms. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 36:54–64, 2013