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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology|
|State||Published - Aug 1989|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health