M.S. (Master of Science)
Department of Nursing
Cesarean section--Psychological aspects; Maternity nursing
Differences in the feeling-tones experienced in response to the cesarean method of childbirth were measured among four groups of primary and repeat cesarean subjects delivered at two hospitals in central Illinois. The sample consisted of 50 subjects divided into four groups: 14 primary cesarean subjects measured early in their hospitalization; 12 primary cesarean subjects measured late in their hospitalization; 13 repeat cesarean subjects measured early in their hospitalization; and 11 repeat cesarean subjects measured late in their hospitalization. A 10-question feeling-tone test was administered and scores were analyzed in terms of a variety of personal variables using two-way analysis of variance. No significant differences were found between primary and repeat cesarean subjects measured early or late in their hospitalization. No significant differences were found in any of the following personal variables: attendance at childbirth education classes designed for cesarean mothers; amount of discussion of cesarean delivery in traditional childbirth education classes; number of previous vaginal deliveries; type of anesthesia used; hours in labor before delivery; length of time subject knew cesarean delivery was necessary; when subject first touched her infant; or when subject first held her infant. Significant results were shown in terms of lower feeling-tone scores for subjects who had attended traditional childbirth education classes. It was recommended that traditional childbirth educators should rethink the strong emphasis placed on preparing mothers for vaginal childbirth only and move toward inclusion of greater amounts of information concerning the cesarean method of childbirth into these classes.
Tcheng, Donna M., "The relationship between feeling-tone scores and primary or repeat cesarean status, early or late hospital status and a variety of personal variables" (1980). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 6154.
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Northern Illinois University
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