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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

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VASCONCELOS, Lívia  and  PETEAN, Eucia Beatriz Lopes. The impact of fetal malformation: pregnant women affective gauges and coping strategies. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2009, vol.10, n.1, pp.69-82. ISSN 1645-0086.

The objective of this study was to know how to establish the maternalfetal attachment, anxiety, depression and the manners of pregnant women coping with diagnosis of malformed fetuses. We studied 22 pregnant women assisted in the gynecology and obstetric services of two cities in São Paulo state, Brazil. They were applied: 1) Scale of Maternal-fetal Attachment (Cranley, 1981); Inventory of Anxiety (BAI) and Depression (BDI) Beck (1961) and 4 the Scale of Manners of Coping of the Problem EMEP (Vitaliano et al., 1985). The results point that 21 (95,4%) participant pregnant women of this study show the maximum maternal-fetal bond, three of them (13,6%) show clinical indicators for depression and anxiety and 12 (54,5%) of them use as coping strategies the search of Religious Practices. That means, strategies that include hope and faith feelings, in front the diagnosis of fetal malformation. We can conclude that even in front to the diagnosis, the pregnant women tend to maintain the fetal maternal attachment and they use of several coping strategies, being the main of them looking for it for religious practices.

Keywords : Coping strategies; fetal malformation; maternal attachment.

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