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Effects of a novel positive psychological intervention on prenatal stress and well-being: A pilot randomised controlled trial

Overview of attention for article published in Women & Birth, April 2017
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Title
Effects of a novel positive psychological intervention on prenatal stress and well-being: A pilot randomised controlled trial
Published in
Women & Birth, April 2017
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2016.10.003
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Karen Matvienko-Sikar, Samantha Dockray

Abstract

Low prenatal well-being has adverse outcomes for mother and infant but few interventions currently exist to promote and maintain prenatal well-being. Mindfulness and gratitude based interventions consistently demonstrate benefits in diverse populations. Interventions integrating these constructs have potential to improve psychological and physiological health during pregnancy. The aim of this pilot study is to examine the effect of a novel gratitude and mindfulness based intervention on prenatal stress, cortisol levels, and well-being. A pilot randomised controlled trial was conducted with 46 pregnant women. Participants used an online mindfulness and gratitude intervention 4 times a week for 3 weeks. Measures of prenatal stress, salivary cortisol, gratitude, mindfulness, and satisfaction with life were completed at baseline, 1.5 weeks later, and 3 weeks later. Intervention participants demonstrated significant reductions in prenatal stress in comparison to the control condition (p=.04). Within subjects reductions in waking (p=.004) and evening cortisol (p>.001) measures were observed for intervention participants. Significant effects were not observed for other well-being outcomes. Reducing self-report and physiological stress in pregnancy can improve maternal and infant outcomes. The findings of this pilot study indicate potential direct effects of the intervention on self-reported stress in comparison to a treatment-as-usual control. Effects on a biomarker of stress, cortisol, were also observed within the intervention group. A brief mindfulness and gratitude based intervention has the potential to reduce stress in pregnancy. Future research is needed to further explore mechanisms and potential benefits of such interventions.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 222 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 35 16%
Student > Bachelor 27 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 23 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 22 10%
Researcher 18 8%
Other 43 19%
Unknown 55 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 73 33%
Medicine and Dentistry 30 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 29 13%
Neuroscience 6 3%
Unspecified 4 2%
Other 14 6%
Unknown 67 30%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 6. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 20 September 2020.
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#5,046,674
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Outputs from Women & Birth
#441
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#83,706
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Outputs of similar age from Women & Birth
#4
of 26 outputs
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