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Fetal health locus of control and quality of life among low risk and high risk pregnant women: preliminary results

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Aim: Women with a (history of) high risk pregnancy often experience feelings of anxiety and distress, which might affect their pregnancy experience and influence the degree to which they feel controlling their own lives and health. Furthermore, research on the quality of life (QoL) and fetal health locus of control (FHLC) of high risk pregnant women is limited. This prospective study is carried out to examine the QoL and FHLC among low and high risk pregnant women. Study design: A sample of 50 women with (pre-)gestational diabetes, 50 (non diabetic) high risk pregnant women and a control group of 50 healthy pregnant women will be questioned between December 2012 and June 2013 in the Ghent University Hospital (Belgium). Participants will complete the FHLC and RAND-36 questionnaire on two time points (early in pregnancy and third trimester). Non-parametric descriptive tests will be used with α=0.05. Approval of the Ethics Committee was obtained (EC UZG 2012/667). Results: Compared to healthy pregnant women, high risk pregnant women attribute more control over their pregnancy to powerful others (e.g. health care professionals). Moreover, they report lower levels of physical functioning; higher levels of physical problems; and more bodily pain compared to healthy pregnant women. No difference could be found between both groups for mental problems. Implications: Health care professionals have to be aware of the influence they have and the impact of their advice on the coping abilities and care strategies of high risk pregnant women. Caregivers also should have to acknowledge the consequences of pregnancy complications on the physical capabilities of high risk pregnant women.
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fetal health locus of control, quality of life, Midwive

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Goemaes, Régine, Inge Tency, Héline Janssen, et al. “Fetal Health Locus of Control and Quality of Life Among Low Risk and High Risk Pregnant Women: Preliminary Results.” ICM, 30th Triennial Congress, Abstracts. International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), 2014. Print.
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Goemaes, R., Tency, I., Janssen, H., & Buysse, H. (2014). Fetal health locus of control and quality of life among low risk and high risk pregnant women: preliminary results. ICM, 30th Triennial congress, Abstracts. Presented at the 30th ICM Triennial congress: Midwives : improving women’s health globally, International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).
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Goemaes, Régine, Inge Tency, Héline Janssen, and Heidi Buysse. 2014. “Fetal Health Locus of Control and Quality of Life Among Low Risk and High Risk Pregnant Women: Preliminary Results.” In ICM, 30th Triennial Congress, Abstracts. International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).
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Goemaes, Régine, Inge Tency, Héline Janssen, and Heidi Buysse. 2014. “Fetal Health Locus of Control and Quality of Life Among Low Risk and High Risk Pregnant Women: Preliminary Results.” In ICM, 30th Triennial Congress, Abstracts. International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).
Vancouver
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Goemaes R, Tency I, Janssen H, Buysse H. Fetal health locus of control and quality of life among low risk and high risk pregnant women: preliminary results. ICM, 30th Triennial congress, Abstracts. International Confederation of Midwives (ICM); 2014.
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R. Goemaes, I. Tency, H. Janssen, and H. Buysse, “Fetal health locus of control and quality of life among low risk and high risk pregnant women: preliminary results,” in ICM, 30th Triennial congress, Abstracts, Prague, Czech Republic, 2014.
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  abstract     = {Aim: Women with a (history of) high risk pregnancy often experience feelings of anxiety and distress, which might affect their pregnancy experience and influence the degree to which they feel controlling their own lives and health. Furthermore, research on the quality of life (QoL) and fetal health locus of control (FHLC) of high risk pregnant women is limited. This prospective study is carried out to examine the QoL and FHLC among low and high risk pregnant women.
Study design: A sample of 50 women with (pre-)gestational diabetes, 50 (non diabetic) high risk pregnant women and a control group of 50 healthy pregnant women will be questioned between December 2012 and June 2013 in the Ghent University Hospital (Belgium). Participants will complete the FHLC and RAND-36 questionnaire on two time points (early in pregnancy and third trimester). Non-parametric descriptive tests will be used with α=0.05. Approval of the Ethics Committee was obtained (EC UZG 2012/667).
Results: Compared to healthy pregnant women, high risk pregnant women attribute more control over their pregnancy to powerful others (e.g. health care professionals). Moreover, they report lower levels of physical functioning; higher levels of physical problems; and more bodily pain compared to healthy pregnant women. No difference could be found between both groups for mental problems.
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  author       = {Goemaes, Régine and Tency, Inge and Janssen, Héline and Buysse, Heidi},
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  language     = {eng},
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  year         = {2014},
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