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Prediction of pregnancy complications: An application of the biopsychosocial model

Authors
Journal
Social Science & Medicine
0277-9536
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
18
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0277-9536(84)90120-5
Disciplines
  • Agricultural Science
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract This paper describes a pilot study of biomedical and psychosocial risk and the outcome of pregnancy. Ninety-three pregnant women completed four instruments to identify three types of psychosocial risk: life events, family function and social support. Biomedical risk was identified through analysis of self-reported health histories and hospital records. Information on complications of pregnancy was obtained from hospital delivery records. Further complications data were obtained by a home interview at 6 weeks postpartum. In the sample studied, from an agricultural-university community in Eastern Washington, biomedical risk alone was not substantially related to complications. Psychosocial risk was related to both delivery and postpartum complications. Family function was the best single psychosocial predictor. The interaction between family function and biomedical risk also predicted complications reliably. A total of 11% of variance in postpartum complications could be explained jointly by biomedical and psychosocial risk. The results of the study suggest that psychosocial risk assessment alone and in interaction with biomedical risk assessment will offer significant improvement in the identification of women who may experience pregnancy complication.

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