Journal of psychosomatic obstetrics and gynaecology vol:16 issue:2 pages:109-15
Psychometric tests (State-Trait Anxiety Index and Utrechtse Coping Lijst) were administered to 23 primigravidae hospitalized for preterm labor and to 22 controls in order to investigate whether women with and without preterm labor present a different coping style or (in) effectiveness of this coping and whether the coping style predicts duration of hospitalization and gestational age at delivery. No significant differences in trait anxiety nor in coping style were found between women with and women without preterm labor. However, within the group of women with preterm labor, coping mechanisms are important predictors of course and outcome of the preterm contractions. Palliative coping and social support seeking are protective mechanisms while active coping has an adverse effect upon outcome: an older gestational age at the moment of delivery is for 44% predicted by a higher social support seeking and a lower active coping.