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Expecting the uncertain: The applicability of the intolerance of uncertainty model on fear of childbirth
Dalarna University, School of Health and Welfare, Medical Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6923-7140
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2023 (English)In: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, ISSN 0167-482X, E-ISSN 1743-8942, Vol. 44, no 1, article id 2243648Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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A considerable number of pregnant women experience fear of childbirth (FOC), characterized by worries and fear of the unpredictable. Despite this, the psychological processes in FOC have received notably little attention. The aim of this study was to advance the understanding by exploring the applicability of the Intolerance of Uncertainty (IU) model on FOC. Anonymous data was collected in a sample of pregnant women (N = 357) with varying levels of FOC. Analyses supported the associations between FOC and all proposed psychological processes: IU, negative problem orientation, positive beliefs about worry and avoidance of inner experiences. The exploration of potential mediators of the relation between IU and FOC revealed that, of the three processes from the model, only positive beliefs about worry were a mediator, and more specifically, a partial mediator between IU and FOC. These findings add to the theoretical understanding of FOC, by indicating that the role of IU may be similar to other conditions inflicted by worry and anxiety, which may inform treatment development. © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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2023. Vol. 44, no 1, article id 2243648
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childbirth, fear, Fear of childbirth, intolerance of uncertainty, pregnancy, Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders, Female, Humans, Phobic Disorders, Uncertainty, adult, anonymised data, article, avoidance behavior, controlled study, human, human tissue, major clinical study, pregnant woman, theoretical study, anxiety disorder, phobia
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-46832DOI: 10.1080/0167482X.2023.2243648ISI: 001049679100001PubMedID: 37593941Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85168266757OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-46832DiVA, id: diva2:1792072
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