African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
Vol. 20, No. 3, 2020, pp. 1217-1228
Bioline Code: hs20097
Full paper language: English
Document type: Study
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 3, 2020, pp. 1217-1228
© Copyright 2020 - Özşahin Z.
The effects of adverse childhood experiences on pregnancy-related anxiety and acceptance of motherhood role|
Background: Adverse childhood experiences are a factor that may cause physical illness and deterioration of lifelong
well-being in addition to many mental and psychiatric problems in the future. It is important to question and treat them.
Objective: This study examined the effects of adverse childhood experiences on pregnancy-related anxiety and acceptance
of motherhood role.
Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 536 pregnant women. The data were collected using the “Personal
Information Form”, the “Adverse Childhood Experience Questionnaire (ACEQ)”, the “Acceptance of Motherhood Role
(AoMR)” subscale of the “Prenatal Self Evaluation Questionnaire (PSEQ)” and the “Pregnancy-Related Anxiety Questionnaire–
Revised 2 (PRAQ-R2)”.
Results: It was found that those with high levels of negative childhood experience had higher levels of anxiety in pregnancy
and lower acceptance of maternal role than the other groups (p<0.05). Additionally, a one-unit change in the AoMR score
led to a 0.23-unit decrease in the ACEQ score, whereas a one-unit change in the PRAQ-R2 score led to a 0.57-unit increase
in the ACEQ score (p<0.001).
Conclusion: Adverse childhood events increase pregnancy-related anxiety and negatively affect acceptance of motherhood
Adverse childhood events; anxiety; motherhood role; pregnancy.