The Relation of Life Stress and Social Support to Emotional Disequilibrium During Pregnancy

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A convenience sample of 141 medically normal adult women in the mid‐trimester of pregnancy were tested with standardized instruments during a routine prenatal visit. Life stress was measured for the 12‐month‐period preceding testing. The dependent variable, emotional disequilibrium, was a factor‐analyzed construct derived from measures of state anxiety, trait anxiety, depression, and self‐esteem. Life stress accounted for 29.71% of the variance in emotional disequilibrium (p = .0001), and social support accounted for a separate and non‐interactive 3.11% of the variance (p = .01). Emotional disequilibrium in pregnancy decreased as a function of decreasing life stress and increasing social support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-174
Number of pages8
JournalResearch in Nursing & Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1983


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  • Nursing(all)

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