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This research focuses on post traumatic stress disorders which arise after childbirth and adds to the literature on psychological post partum diseases. The hypothesis of this study was that psychological expression of negative emotions could reduce the occurrence of stress symptoms after labour and delivery. A group of 64 women with a healthy pregnancy was examined. Half of them were asked to express their emotion experienced during labour and delivery through a written account. The results indicated a significant difference in the number of post traumatic stress symptoms between the two groups, underlining the positive effect of the emotional disclosure.


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The authors thank Dott. Eugenic Vignati, Health Master of Istituti Clinici di Perfezionamento in Milan, for his approval and support of this study, and the medical and nursing staff of Clinica Mangiagalli, in particular, Dott.ssa Cristina Maggioni, gynaecologist, for their help and collaboration. Correspondence to: Paola Di Blasio, C.R.T.I., Dipartimento di Psicologia, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Largo Gemelli, 1, 20123 Milano, Italy. Email: pdiblasi@mi.unicatt.it