Analyzing affective responses to past events

Women's reactions to a childbearing year

Mary T. Westbrook*

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Applied content analysis scales on the work of Gottschalk and Gleser (1969) to 200 women's recollections of four stages of a recently completed childbearing year. On 11 of 13 affective indices, significant differences were found. Pregnancy was characterized by diffuse and cognitive anxiety and hostility directed inward, and labor by mutilation anxiety. During both pregnancy and labor, general anxiety, death anxiety, ambivalent hostility, and affective costs were comparatively high. Mothers revealed least affective arousal during hospitalization. Considerable guilt and shame anxiety were experienced in the months after the brith.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)967-971
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

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