The Correlation Between Perceived Stress and Health Promoting Self-care Behaviors in High-risk Third Trimester Pregnancies

by Brinkley, Renee Lynn

Abstract (Summary)
The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of maternal perceived stress in high-risk pregnancy on participation in health promoting self-care. Orem’s self-care deficit theory of nursing was the theoretical framework. A secondary analysis from a convenience sample of 69 women experiencing a high-risk pregnancy was conducted. The correlation between the Perceived Stress Scale by Cohen and associates (1983) and the Health Promoting Lifestyle Profile II by Walker and associates (1987, 1997) was negative. The findings indicated that women in the third trimester of a high-risk pregnancy with higher perceived stress levels were less likely to be involved in health promoting self-care behaviors, specifically in the areas of spiritual growth, interpersonal relations, and stress management. These findings suggest that nursing can be beneficial to decrease stress for the high-risk pregnant woman by implementing interventions, which offer support, stress management, and an opportunity for spiritual growth.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Toledo Health Science Campus

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:high risk pregnancy self care behaviors stress health promotion


Date of Publication:01/01/2004

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