Pregnancy-specific distress: the role of maternal sense of coherence and antenatal mothering orientations

Staneva, Aleksandra, Morawska, Alina, Bogossian, Fiona and Wittkowski, Anja (2015) Pregnancy-specific distress: the role of maternal sense of coherence and antenatal mothering orientations. Journal of Mental Health, 1-8. doi:10.3109/09638237.2015.1101425


Author Staneva, Aleksandra
Morawska, Alina
Bogossian, Fiona
Wittkowski, Anja
Title Pregnancy-specific distress: the role of maternal sense of coherence and antenatal mothering orientations
Journal name Journal of Mental Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-0567
0963-8237
Publication date 2015-12-09
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/09638237.2015.1101425
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Maternal mental health during pregnancy has been identified as a key factor in the future physiological, emotional and social development of both the mother and her baby. Yet little is known about the factors that contribute to increased levels of pregnancy-specific distress. The present study investigated the role of two psychosocial and personality-based constructs, namely women’s sense of coherence (SoC) and their mothering orientations, on their pregnancy-specific distress.

Design: During their second trimester of pregnancy, 293 Australian and New Zealand women participated in an online study. Hierarchical multiple regression analysis was used to determine the unique contribution of women’s SoC (Sense of Coherence Scale, SoC 13) and their antenatal mothering orientation (Antenatal Mothering Orientation Measure-Revised, AMOM-R) to pregnancy-specific distress (Revised Prenatal Distress Questionnaire, NuPDQ).

Results: Low SoC was the best determinant of women’s pregnancy-specific distress, accounting for over 45% of the variance (β = −0.33, p < 0.001, 95% CI [−0.43, −0.23]). A Regulator mothering orientation was correlated with distress but did not have a unique contribution in the final model.

Conclusions
: This study further highlights the importance of better understanding women’s perceptions of emotional health and their mothering role while taking into consideration their wider social context.
Keyword Distress
Maternal orientation
Pregnancy
Sense of coherence
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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