Coping strategies in low-risk pregnant women: The influence of low and late fertility

Vincenzo Zanardo, Petronilla Messina, Patrizia Trivellato, Francesco Cavallin, Arturo Giustardi, Gianluca Straface, Daniele Trevisanuto

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Objective: Socio-demographic factors were strongly associated with coping styles in pregnant women. We studied fertility postponement, a new increasing phenomenon in industrialized countries. Method: We studied coping (The Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations, CISS) in 341 healthy pregnant women, with a median age of 34 years (IQR 31-36), in their third trimester, living in Veneto, region of Italy which emerges for its low and late fertility. Results: Task-oriented coping was the most frequently used coping styles (Median, IQR: 48, 44-53), followed by Emotion-oriented coping (Median, IQR: 44, 39-49). Avoidance-oriented coping with subscales Social Diversion and Distraction were used least frequently (Median, IQR: 44, 38-49; 21, 18-24, and 14, 12-16, respectively). Socio-demographic factors were not associated with coping styles, but maternal age was inversely correlated with task coping (Spearman coefficient rho = -0.13, p = 0.02). Conclusion: Fertility postponement leads to the selection and use of ineffective coping strategies in an effort to alleviate anxiety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-148
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


  • Childbearing age
  • CISS
  • Coping assessment
  • Fertility postponement
  • Pregnant women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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