Psychological responses of pregnant women to an infectious outbreak: A case-control study of the 2003 SARS outbreak in Hong Kong
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摘要Objective: The aim of the present study was to examine the behavioral and psychological responses of pregnant women during the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Hong Kong. Methods: Ethnographic interviews were first conducted to identify the common psychological and behavioral responses to the outbreak. This was followed by a case-control study of 235 consecutive pregnant women recruited during the SARS epidemic, and a historical cohort of 939 pregnant women recruited a year before the outbreak. Both cohorts completed standardized rating scales on depression, anxiety, and social support. Results: Women in the SARS cohort adopted behavioral strategies to mitigate their risk of contracting infection. However, pregnant women tended to overestimate the risk of contracting SARS and nearly a third of the women were homebound. The anxiety level of the SARS cohort was slightly higher than that of the pre-SARS control. No statistical difference was found between the depression levels of the two cohorts. Conclusion: The improved social support experienced by pregnant women during SARS might have buffered the stress associated with an outbreak. However, clinicians should monitor for overestimation of infectious risk among pregnant women. (c) 2006 Published by Elsevier Inc.
著者Lee DTS, Sahota D, Leung TN, Yip ASK, Lee FFY, Chung TKH
期刊名稱Journal of Psychosomatic Research
出版年份2006
月份11
日期1
卷號61
期次5
出版社PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
頁次707 - 713
國際標準期刊號0022-3999
電子國際標準期刊號1879-1360
語言英式英語
關鍵詞anxiety; depression; infectious outbreak; natural disaster; pregnancy
Web of Science 學科類別Psychiatry; PSYCHIATRY, SCI; PSYCHIATRY, SSCI

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