Preparation for Cesarean Delivery: A Multicomponent Analysis of Treatment Outcome

Paul G. Greene, Amos Zeichner, Nicolene L. Roberts, Edward J Callahan, Juan L. Granados

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We evaluated the effects of sensory information about cesarean delivery on prenatal maternal anxiety and on recovery subsequent to delivery by cesarean section. The 42 participants were recruited from a population of obstetric patients. Patients were assigned to either treatment or control groups and identified as sensitizers or repressors. Treatment groups viewed a slide/tape program presenting procedures involved in cesarean delivery. Control groups viewed a program presenting neutral information. Prepared patients classified as sensitizers showed less physiologic arousal during surgery and enhanced postsurgical recovery. Physiologic and self-report measures of anxiety indicated that the intervention itself was not a stressful event. The relations among arousal, subjective anxiety, coping styles, and treatment outcome are discussed and recommendations are made for further investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)484-487
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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