Maternal Confidence in coping with labor A Self-Efficacy Concept

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  • NANCY K. LOWE RN, PhD

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    1. Address for correspondence: Nancy K. Lowe, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Ohio State University, 1585 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210-1289.
      Address for correspondence: Nancy K. Lowe, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Ohio State University, 1585 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210–1289.
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Address for correspondence: Nancy K. Lowe, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Ohio State University, 1585 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210–1289.

Abstract

The clinical study of labor pain suggests that a woman's confidence in her ability to cope with labor contributes significantly to her perception of pain during labor. Self: efficacy theory is examined as a framework for evaluating women's confidence in their ability to cope with labor. The major Propositions of self-efficacy theory are described and related to the experience of women approaching labor. The implications for nursing practice are presented, and directions for the study of maternal confidence are proposed.

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