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Exploring a self-help coping intervention for pregnant women with a miscarriage history

Ockhuijsen, Henrietta D. L., van den Hoogen, Agnes, Boivin, Jacky ORCID:, Macklon, Nicholas S. and de Boer, Fijgje 2015. Exploring a self-help coping intervention for pregnant women with a miscarriage history. Applied Nursing Research 28 (4) , pp. 285-292. 10.1016/j.apnr.2015.01.002

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Pregnant women with a history of miscarriages experience symptoms of anxiety and depression in a subsequent pregnancy and are in need of support in the period after miscarriage, when trying to get pregnant again and during the first phase of pregnancy. The aim of this study was to investigate whether a Positive Reappraisal Coping Intervention (PRCI) and Daily Record Keeping (DRK) chart, developed for use in assisted conception treatment, are also appropriate for use in pregnant women with a history of miscarriage(s). In this convergent parallel mixed method study, thirteen women visiting an Early Pregnancy Unit and/or Recurrent Miscarriage Clinic in a university medical center in the Netherlands were selected on the basis of the number of miscarriages and age. Exclusion criteria were not speaking the Dutch language, pregnancy after fertility treatment and having a medical cause identified for the miscarriages. Women used the PRCI and DRK for 3 weeks in a subsequent pregnancy. Quantitative data were obtained from the DRK and were analyzed by reporting frequencies and means for each case. Qualitative data were collected by semi-structured interviews and were analyzed by using thematic analysis. The majority of the women were able to use the PRCI and DRK for 3 weeks. Women adapted the way in which they used the PRCI and DRK based on their judgment about the effect, the intensity of the emotions they experienced, or whether they felt the effort to use these instruments to be worthwhile or not.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Saunders
ISSN: 0897-1897
Date of Acceptance: 16 January 2015
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 09:52

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