Methods of Assessment: Psychosocial Adaptation to Pregnancy Questionnaire Scales and Interview Schedules, and Review of Interventions to Enhance Adaptation

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Abstract

Preceding chapters describe seven psychosocial dimensions of maternal prenatal development for both primigravid and multigravid women. This chapter discusses methods of assessment for identifying gravid women who may be experiencing difficulties in one or more of the seven major psychosocial dimensions discussed. A self-report questionnaire (Lederman, 1996) developed for providing parallel measures of the major dimensions assessed in the clinical interviews is described, as well as the psychometric properties and validation results of its use to date. Suggestions are provided for conducting clinical interviews and for summarizing the information obtained in the form of quantitative ratings. Methods for learning and developing proficiency in assessment skills are also provided. Suggestions are made for clinical interventions and research applications of both interview and questionnaire assessment of maternal psychosocial development and adaptation to pregnancy.

Keywords

Depression Cortisol Respiration Smoke Oxytocin 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TexasGalvestonUSA
  2. 2.United States Air Force School of Aerospace MedicineBrooks-City BaseUSA

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