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The authors examine psychosocial factors involved in producing pregnancy complications. An initial descriptive study of the development of psychosocial profiles of three groups of pregnant women (high and low risk for preterm birth and with diabetes mellitus) using seven instruments is presented. The study suggests that economic status may be as important as medical risk as a source of distress among pregnant women.
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Mary Lou Moore, Ph.D., R.N.C., F.A.A.N., Paul Meis, M.D., Sheliah Jeffries, M.P.H., R.D., J.M. Ernest, M.D., Lois Buerkle, R.N., B.S.N., Melissa Swain, R.N., and Carol Hill, B.A.
Address correspondence to Dr. M.L. Moore, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, USA.
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