A longitudinal study of perceived health during pregnancy: antecedents and outcomes

Rodriguez, A., Bohlin, G. and Lindmark, G. (1999) A longitudinal study of perceived health during pregnancy: antecedents and outcomes. Journal of Health Psychology, 4 (2). pp. 129-147. ISSN 1359-1053

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Perceived health was studied longitudinally in a sample of 364 nulliparous women. Psychosocial, contextual, and biomedical factors were taken into account to predict medically relevant versus benign symptoms which were then used to predict perceived health over time. The results of structural equation modeling showed that pregnancy adjustment and medically relevant symptoms which were affected by social support, perceived stress, and negative affect predicted later perceived health. The outcomes of perceived health were examined during the third trimester in terms of medical care utilization and emergency room visits. Perceived health solely accounted for medical care utilization, while emergency room visits were accounted by medical care utilization and perceived stress.

Keywords:Self-rated health symptoms, Health-care utilization, Pregnancy adjustment, Psychosocial factors, Health
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C841 Health Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:27 Jul 2016 09:05

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