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Spirituality and Wellbeing among Antenatal Women


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1 Cenfre for Health Psychology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
2 Centre for Health Psychology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
3 Asian Institute of Fetal Medicine and Reproductive Genetics, Hyderabad, India
     

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Religion and spirituality contribute significantly in the life of a pregnant woman towards her physical and psychological well-being. Hence this study was designed to explore the relationship between spirituality and well-being among antenatal women. Thirty women in the age group of 18 to 31 years were selected as participants from the outpatient departments of the antenatal clinics of two leading hospitals in Hyderabad. The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale and Daily Spiritual Experience Scale were used. Spearman rs showed significant positive correlation between overall well-being and spirituality scores of the participants. The results also indicated that an increase in personal meaning, religiosity, and spirituality scores of the participants resulted in a significant increase in their well-being scores. Implications and shortcomings were also discussed.

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Spirituality, Psychological Well-Being, Antenatal Women, Personal Meaning.
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Authors

N. D. S. Naga Seema
Cenfre for Health Psychology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
Sangeetha Thomas
Centre for Health Psychology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
Ruopfuvinuo Pienyu
Centre for Health Psychology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
B. Srinadh
Asian Institute of Fetal Medicine and Reproductive Genetics, Hyderabad, India

Abstract


Religion and spirituality contribute significantly in the life of a pregnant woman towards her physical and psychological well-being. Hence this study was designed to explore the relationship between spirituality and well-being among antenatal women. Thirty women in the age group of 18 to 31 years were selected as participants from the outpatient departments of the antenatal clinics of two leading hospitals in Hyderabad. The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale and Daily Spiritual Experience Scale were used. Spearman rs showed significant positive correlation between overall well-being and spirituality scores of the participants. The results also indicated that an increase in personal meaning, religiosity, and spirituality scores of the participants resulted in a significant increase in their well-being scores. Implications and shortcomings were also discussed.

Keywords


Spirituality, Psychological Well-Being, Antenatal Women, Personal Meaning.