Partner's Emotional Reaction to Pregnancy Mediates the Relationship Between Pregnancy Planning and Prenatal Mental Health [post]

Ashraf Kazemi, Maryam Ghaedrahmati, Gholamreza Kheirabadi
2020 unpublished
Background: An unplanned pregnancy may follow by increasing depression and anxiety and the aim of the present study was to evaluate the mediating role of partner's emotional reaction to pregnancy (PERP) on the relationship between pregnancy planning and prenatal mental health. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 303 healthy Iranian pregnant women during their third trimester. The levels of depression and anxiety were measured using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and
more » ... ression Scale and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. Further, the PERP score was measured using a researcher-made questionnaire. The data were analyzed using the plug-in application PROCESS macro. Results: The results showed that PERP score was related to pregnancy planning and prenatal depression and anxiety inversely. The effect of the pregnancy planning on depression (β=-1.603; CI: -2.276 to -.978) and anxiety (β=-1.950, CI: -3.717 to -.493) were significant only with mediating role of PERP. Conclusions: The results indicated that the effect of the pregnancy planning on prenatal mental health is mediate by PERP and in unplanned pregnancy, women need to receive their positive partner's reaction toward pregnancy to preserve their mental health.
doi:10.21203/rs.3.rs-30087/v1 fatcat:gwucrch7w5hyncjodyy427dkd4