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In the present study, the effect of group hope therapy on labor pain and mental health of pregnant women was investigated, in consideration of the Iranian health policy's emphasis on encouraging women to have a healthy delivery. The research plan was a semiexperimental pretest-posttest design with a control group. A total of 36 pregnant women were assigned to the treatment and control group using a random procedure. General Health Questionnaire and a Visual Analog Scale were used to collect data about dependent variables. For the analysis of hypotheses, independent samples t test and covariance analysis were used. The findings showed that hope therapy had a significant effect on labor pain (t = 5.17; P < 0.001) and mental health (F = 28.21; P < 0.001). In general, the findings of the present study confirm the application of group hope therapy in relieving labor pain and increasing the mental health of pregnant women. This therapeutic approach can simultaneously reduce the labor pain, generate positive emotions in women, and turn the experience of delivery into a pleasant one.

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We presented a psychological intervention to help pregnant women


Writing this article was a great insight to mental health of pregnant women

S. Abdolvahab Samavi
University of Hormozgan

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This page is a summary of: The Effectiveness of Group Hope Therapy in Labor Pain and Mental Health of Pregnant Women, Psychological Reports, September 2018, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0033294118798625.
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