IMR Press / CEOG / Volume 44 / Issue 5 / DOI: 10.12891/ceog3642.2017

Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology (CEOG) is published by IMR Press from Volume 46 Issue 1 (2019). Previous articles were published by another publisher on a subscription basis, and they are hosted by IMR Press on as a courtesy and upon agreement with S.O.G.

Open Access Original Research
Investigation of the relationship between fear of childbirth and social supports of pregnant women in the third trimester in Turkey
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1 Faculty of Health Sciences, Cumhuriyet University, Sivas, Turkey
2 Faculty of Nursing, 9 Eylul University, İzmir, Turkey
3 Private Güven Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2017, 44(5), 767–771;
Published: 10 October 2017

Purpose: To investigate the relationship between fear of childbirth and social supports of pregnant women in the third trimester. Materials and Methods: The sample of this cross-sectional study comprised 302 pregnant women who were admitted to the gynecology and obstetrics clinic of a state hospital in Turkey. Data were collected with the Personal Information Form, Wijma Delivery Expect ancy/Experience Questionnaire (W-DEQ-A), and Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS). Results: While no relationship was determined between the mean total scores obtained from the W-DEQ-A and MSPSS scales (p > 0.05), statistically significant positive correlations were determined between family and friends (r = 0.206, p = 0.000), family, and significant others (r = 0.193, p = 0.001), and friends and significant others (r = 0.156, p = 0.006) subscales of the MSPSS (p < 0.05). Conclusion: As the social support received from the family increased so did the support from friends and significant others, and as the support received from significant others increased so did the support from friends.
Fear of childbirth
Mental health
Social support
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