Patterns of delay and non-use of prenatal care services among underclass women: a social psychological analysis
Boyd, Christopher M.
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This study attempted to determine the relation between womens' anticipation of Esteem-Threat, their level of satisfaction, and their utilization of prenatal care services in the public assistance setting. One-hundred twenty-six women completed a battery of questionnaires during an initial clinic visit. Measures of patient datisfaction were completed after a minimum of four clinic visits. Results showed a significant linear relation between womens' anticipation of Esteem-Threat and satisfaction with services. No relations were found between Esteem-Threat and the timing of entry into prenatal care. A small, statistically significant relation was found between Esteem-Threat and the number of appointments kept. Results are discussed in the context of the limitations of the sample and the psychometric properties of the measures. Future applications of the Esteem-Threat model are also discussed.
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