Child abuse, pregnancy-related anxiety and the mediating role of resilience and social support

Robyn Brunton, Tamara Wood, Rachel Dryer

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Abstract

Physical, sexual and psychological abuse were examined as risk factors for pregnancy-related anxiety with resilience and social support as mediators. Pregnant women (n = 638) completed measures of pregnancyrelated
anxiety, resilience, perceived social support and childhood abuse. Women with an abuse history had higher pregnancy-related anxiety scores (m = 64.40) than other women (m = 55.36). All abuse types independently predicted pregnancy-related anxiety; resilience and social support were mediators. Results highlight the value of antenatal screening for pregnancy-related anxiety including specific risk factors such as child abuse. Programs such as the Midwife Continuity of Care are useful in encouraging disclosure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 06 Nov 2020

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