Posttraumatic growth following pregnancy termination for fetal abnormality: the predictive role of coping strategies and perinatal grief

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621496
Title:
Posttraumatic growth following pregnancy termination for fetal abnormality: the predictive role of coping strategies and perinatal grief
Authors:
Lafarge, Caroline ( 0000-0003-2148-078X ) ; Mitchell, Kathryn; Fox, Pauline
Abstract:
Background: Research about termination for fetal abnormality (TFA) suggests that it is a traumatic event with potential negative psychological consequences. However, evidence also indicates that following traumatic events individuals may experience growth. Although TFA’s negative psychological outcomes are well documented, little is known of the potential for growth following this event. Therefore, the study’s objectives were to measure posttraumatic growth (PTG) post-TFA, examine the relationship between PTG, perinatal grief and coping, and determine the predictors of PTG. Design: An online, retrospective survey was conducted with 161 women. Methods: Eligible participants were women over 18 who had undergone TFA. Participants were recruited from a support organisation. They completed the Brief COPE, Short Perinatal Grief Scale and Posttraumatic Growth Inventory. Data were analysed using regression analyses. Results: Moderate levels of PTG were observed for “relating to others,” “personal strengths” and “appreciation of life.” “Positive reframing” was a significant predictor of PTG. Despite using mainly “adaptive” coping strategies, women’s grief levels were high. Conclusions: “Adaptive” coping strategies such as, “positive reframing” are relevant to TFA. They may act as protective factors against distress and as foundations for growth, implicating that interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which aim to reframe women’s experience, may be beneficial
Affiliation:
University of West London; University of Derby
Citation:
Lafarge, C., Mitchell, K. & Fox, P. (2017), 'Posttraumatic growth following pregnancy termination for fetal abnormality: the predictive role of coping strategies and perinatal grief', Anxiety, Stress & Coping, 30, 5, pp. 536-550. DOI 10.1080/10615806.2016.1278433.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
Anxiety, Stress, & Coping
Issue Date:
12-Jan-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621496
DOI:
10.1080/10615806.2016.1278433
Additional Links:
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10615806.2016.1278433
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
10615806
EISSN:
14772205
Sponsors:
N/A
Appears in Collections:
Executive

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dc.contributor.authorLafarge, Carolineen
dc.contributor.authorMitchell, Kathrynen
dc.contributor.authorFox, Paulineen
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-21T14:43:15Z-
dc.date.available2017-03-21T14:43:15Z-
dc.date.issued2017-01-12-
dc.identifier.citationLafarge, C., Mitchell, K. & Fox, P. (2017), 'Posttraumatic growth following pregnancy termination for fetal abnormality: the predictive role of coping strategies and perinatal grief', Anxiety, Stress & Coping, 30, 5, pp. 536-550. DOI 10.1080/10615806.2016.1278433.en
dc.identifier.issn10615806-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/10615806.2016.1278433-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/621496-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Research about termination for fetal abnormality (TFA) suggests that it is a traumatic event with potential negative psychological consequences. However, evidence also indicates that following traumatic events individuals may experience growth. Although TFA’s negative psychological outcomes are well documented, little is known of the potential for growth following this event. Therefore, the study’s objectives were to measure posttraumatic growth (PTG) post-TFA, examine the relationship between PTG, perinatal grief and coping, and determine the predictors of PTG. Design: An online, retrospective survey was conducted with 161 women. Methods: Eligible participants were women over 18 who had undergone TFA. Participants were recruited from a support organisation. They completed the Brief COPE, Short Perinatal Grief Scale and Posttraumatic Growth Inventory. Data were analysed using regression analyses. Results: Moderate levels of PTG were observed for “relating to others,” “personal strengths” and “appreciation of life.” “Positive reframing” was a significant predictor of PTG. Despite using mainly “adaptive” coping strategies, women’s grief levels were high. Conclusions: “Adaptive” coping strategies such as, “positive reframing” are relevant to TFA. They may act as protective factors against distress and as foundations for growth, implicating that interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which aim to reframe women’s experience, may be beneficialen
dc.description.sponsorshipN/Aen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10615806.2016.1278433en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Anxiety, Stress, & Copingen
dc.subjectFetal abnormalityen
dc.subjectPosttraumatic growthen
dc.subjectAbortionen
dc.subjectTraumaen
dc.subjectPerinatal healthen
dc.subjectTermination of pregnancyen
dc.subjectCoping strategiesen
dc.subjectCopingen
dc.titlePosttraumatic growth following pregnancy termination for fetal abnormality: the predictive role of coping strategies and perinatal griefen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn14772205-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of West Londonen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalAnxiety, Stress, & Copingen
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