Perceived stress and its predictors in women with threatened preterm labour: A cross-sectional study

Maryam Najjarzadeh, Shamsi Abbasalizadeh, Sakineh Mohammad-Alizadeh-Charandabi, Mohammad Asghari-Jafarabadi, Mojgan Mirghafourvand

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Aim: To determine prevalence and predictors of perceived stress in women with threatened preterm labour. Design: Cross-sectional. Methods: We recruited 409 women with threatened preterm labour, hospitalized at two tertiary hospitals. We assessed their socio-demographic and obstetrics characteristics, and their perceived stress, perceived social support, experience of violence using validated scales. Multiple linear regression was used to determine the predictors. Results: Data from all recruited women were analysed. Most of them had borderline (36%) or high (42%) level stress. Overall, 17 predictors were identified explaining 89.5% of variation in the stress score. Predictors of the higher stress score included: urban living, experience of sexual and psychological violence, perceived insufficient social support, experience of vaginal bleeding during current pregnancy, abnormal results in initial pregnancy tests, having multiple roles at home, being less than 28 weeks pregnant, being parous, sleep disorders, history of health problems, insufficient income and unwanted pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-221
Number of pages12
JournalNursing Open
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • prediction
  • pregnancy
  • preterm birth
  • psychological stress
  • women

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