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Clínica y Salud

On-line version ISSN 2174-0550Print version ISSN 1130-5274

Abstract

MORENO-ROSSET, Carmen; ARNAL-REMON, Beatriz; ANTEQUERA-JURADO, Rosario  and  RAMIREZ-UCLES, Isabel. Anxiety and psychological wellbeing in couples in transition to parenthood. Clínica y Salud [online]. 2016, vol.27, n.1, pp.29-35. ISSN 2174-0550.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clysa.2016.01.004.

The aim of this study is to analyze the impact of anxiety and psychological well-being of couples in the transition to parenthood. A sample of 256 participants was divided into five groups: 54 "not seeking pregnancy", two groups seeking pregnancy, 50 "infertile that did not get pregnant" and 50 "infertile that achieves pregnancy", 50 "natural pregnancy", and 52 "fertile with children". State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and Psychological Well-being in Couple Scale (EBP in Spanish) were used. The "infertile group that achieves pregnancy" gets the highest state-anxiety levels, even though regarding the anxiety-trait the group that is "not seeking pregnancy" shows the highest levels. Regarding psychological wellbeing in couples, the "natural pregnancy" group shows the lowest scores. These results demonstrate the possible functional role that anxiety-state in non-clinical levels can play in getting pregnant and confirm that psychological well-being in couple's relationship decreases only during pregnancy.

Keywords : Transition to parenthood; Anxiety; Marital relationship; Sex.

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