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Vol. 26, No. 3, 1983
Issue release date: 1983
Section title: Original Paper
Hum Dev 1983;26:134–148
(DOI:10.1159/000272877)

A Process Model of the Pregnancy Course

Gloger-Tippelt G.
University of Heidelberg, FRG

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Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: December 23, 2009
Issue release date: 1983

Number of Print Pages: 15
Number of Figures: 0
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ISSN: 0018-716X (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0054 (Online)

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Abstract

A phase model describing the course of the woman’s first pregnancy is proposed. In complementing the dominant treatments of pregnancy within medical and clinical domains, a more extended view of pregnancy as both a biological and psycho-social process is outlined. The pregnancy course is considered an integral segment within the woman’s full life course – both dependent upon and influencing other segments. In the present model, four ideal phase types are distinguished: a disruption phase of radical change, an adaptation phase of readjustment, a centering phase in which the task of production is central, and a final phase of anticipation of birth and preparation for the expected child. Within each phase three levels of description are separated: a biological, psychological and social level. Special attention is given to the mutual interaction among levels, along with the effects of preceding conditions on the phases of pregnancy. Finally, implications of the present model for research and application are considered.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: December 23, 2009
Issue release date: 1983

Number of Print Pages: 15
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0018-716X (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0054 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/HDE


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