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Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Psychology

Former Title: Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Seria 16. Psychology. Education

Publisher: Saint Petersburg University

ISSN (printed version): 2658-3607

ISSN (online): 2658-6010


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Distress at Women: Before and After Pregnancy 31


Ababkov V.A.
Doctor of Medicine, Professor, Chair of Medical Psychology and Psychophysiology, Psychological Department, Saint-Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia

Burina E.A.
PhD in Psychology, St.Petersburg, Russia

Pazaratskas E.A.
Medical Psychologist, Women Consultation N 33, St.Petersburg, Russia

Kapranova S.V.
Postgraduate Student, St. Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia

The article reveals the specifics of distress of women in the dynamic for during pregnancy and after childbirth. The study analyzes and describes the data collected for 86 women. Methods based on the transactional theory of stress were used to accomplish scientific tasks. The hypothesis was supported that pregnancy for modern women is accompanied by lasting distress. Not only personal, but also environmental (family) factors are involved in creating distress. The results of measurement demonstrate a statistically significantly higher level of distress in contrast to the period after childbirth. Statistically significant changes for all coping-strategies, with the exception of the strategy “self-control which remains at the level initially measured,” were demonstrated. Correlation analysis showed that the level of perceived stress had high significant correlations (besides scale “phobias”) with every scale of the symptom questionnaire. Perceived stress was also connected with such a coping-strategy as “avoidance” and with the personal trait “emotional stability,” but there was a reverse (negative) correlation. The significant results obtained should be considered, especially in regards to the psychological accompaniment of pregnant women.

Keywords: pregnancy, distress, personality traits, symptoms, perceived stress, coping-strategies, type of relation to pregnancy, dynamics of psychological data

Column: Empirical and Experimental Research


Funding. The study is supported by the RFBR grant № 19-013-00417a.

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