Stress, coping, and social support as mediators of the emotional status of women with gestational diabetes

Anthony Spirito, Laurie Ruggiero, Anne Markey Bowen, Stephen McGarvey, Andrea Bond, Donald Coustan

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Abstract

Gestational diabetes is an example of an unexpected stressful life event experienced by some pregnant women. The roles of stress, coping, and social support in mediating emotional status were studied in 72 nondiabetic pregnant women and 125 women with gestational diabetes. Age, minor life stressors, engagement coping and disengagement coping were significantly associated with the Anxious-Composed subscale of the POMS-BI. Age, social support, minor life stressors and disengagement coping were significantly associated with the Depressed-Elated subscale of the POMS-BI. Gravidity and disengagement coping were significantly related to daily blood glucose variability. Implications for consultants working with pregnant women, particularly women with gestational diabetes, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-120
Number of pages10
JournalPsychology & Health
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1991
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Diabetes
  • mood
  • pregnancy
  • social support
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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