ASSESSMENT OF PARENTAL ANXIETY ON UNBORN CHILD AMONG FIRST TIME CHILD BEARING COUPLE

V. Dhanalakshmi, Dr. Nalini S. J., Dr. D. Sureshkumar, Dr. M. Anitha Rani

Abstract


Aim:  Pregnancy is one of the most important events in women’s lives. Being pleasant, it is one of the most stressful events in a woman’s life as psychologists have cited pregnancy as an emotional crisis. The aim of the present study was to assess and compare the anxiety on unborn child among First time child bearing couple.

Methods: Descriptive research design was used to assess the Parental attachment on unborn child among first time child bearing couple visiting antenatal OPD at selected hospital, Chennai. 60 First time child bearing couple (antenatal mothers (60) and her partners (60)) was selected by convenient sampling over a period of one month. Instrumets used for data collection were demographical variable proforma,Obstetrical Variable proforma and  Perinatal Anxiety Screening Scale (PASS).

Results: The Findings revealed that the Mean score of Anxiety was significantly high in mother (M=48.6, SD=5.23) when compared to father’s anxiety (M=27.8,SD =6.23) on unborn child among first time child bearing couple .

Conclusion: This study concluded that Mother’s anxiety was higher than father’s anxiety on unborn fetus among first time child bearing couple.


Keywords


Parental Anxiety, Unborn Child,First time child bearing couple

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DOI:10.1007/s00737- 014-0425-8


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