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FIGUEIREDO, Bárbara et al. Partner relationships during pregnancy in anxious and depressed women and men. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2010, vol.11, n.2, pp.243-250. ISSN 1645-0086.

To assess anxiety, depression and relationship satisfaction in both women and men during pregnancy, the State Anxiety Inventory (STAI), The Center for Epidemiological Studies­-Depression Scale (CES­D) and The Relationship Questionnaire (RQ) were administered during the second trimester to a sample of 59 pregnant women and their partners. Anxious pregnant women rated their relationships as less positive. Depressed pregnant women also rated their relationships as less positive. The women’s anxiety scores were predictive of their positive and negative relationship scores. The women and their partners’ negative relationship scores were also predictive of each others’ negative relationship scores. These results highlight the importance of targeting anxiety as well as depression, and pregnant women as well as their partners in prenatal intervention programs.

Keywords : Anxiety; depression; pregnancy; partner relationships.

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