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Experiences with a psychological help service for women following a prenatal diagnosis: results of a follow-up study. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology 2002;23(3).

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Leithner K, Maar A, Maritsch F.

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The aim of this study is to provide a description of a psychological help service for women following a prenatal diagnosis at the Division of Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy at Vienna University Hospital. The investigation group consisted of 77 psychologically treated women. The follow-up took place six months after the first contact. For baseline evaluation the State–Trait Anxiety Inventory, a mood scale and a documentation instrument were used. In the follow-up patients were again investigated by the test inventory and the Freiburger Coping Behavior Scale and a special follow-up instrument.
The women showed extreme high scores of general mood scale and state anxiety compared with a normal population. After six months the scores had decreased significantly. Approximately 56% of the patients showed former prenatal incidents in their case histories. A significant correlation was found between the use of negative coping strategies and the development of somatic problems and changes in the private life in the follow-up period. In total 97% of the women quoted the psychological treatment as very important for coping with the prenatal incident and 100% of the women stressed the implementation of a permanent psychological help service.
In conclusion, psychological treatment should be available in the event of a prenatal diagnosis, if necessary with the partner. Special attention should be given to women traumatized by a former prenatal incident.

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➡ depression, anxiety ; traumatism ; post-traumatic stress ; psychology ; screening

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Cécile Loup — 17 Feb 2004
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