An analysis of stress coping in pregnant women with hypertension
Pregnancy-induced hypertension is a life threatening complication of pregnancy, both for a woman and for a child. The study aimed to evaluate models of coping with stress in a group of women with pregnancy hypertension. 30 women with pregnancy-induced hypertension were enrolled in the study. Authors made use of the Cattell Personality Factors test by K. Hirszl that assesses personality profiles and The Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations (CISS) by Endler&Parker in a Polish modification by P. Szczepaniak, K. Wrześniewski and J. Strelau. A high level of inner tension characterizes women with pregnancy-induced hypertension. Together with anxiety increase, escape from both contacts and discussing problems is observed in these women. Such situation may lead to secondary emotional agitation with a negative impact on both mother's and child's health state.