Prenatal distress levels of pregnant women in Turkey and affecting factors: a multicentre study.

Yilmaz F. A., Gözüyeşil E., Köse Tuncer S., Akman G., Aba Y. A., Durgun Ozan Y., ...More

Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology : the journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol.41, no.5, pp.708-713, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


This study was conducted to determine prenatal distress levels of pregnant women from seven provinces of Turkey and factors affecting prenatal distress levels. The multicentre descriptive study included 2365 pregnant women who were in the twentieth gestational week and above. The data were collected using the pregnancy information form, prenatal distress questionnaire and spousal support scale. Descriptive statistics, Student’s t-test, ANOVA and logistic regression were used to evaluate the data. The results of this study demonstrated that pregnant women’s prenatal distress levels are affected by such factors as the region lived in, lack of spousal support and being a primary school graduate. Nurses should develop intervention strategies that involve the pregnant woman's spouse to reduce prenatal distress and the factors affecting prenatal distress.