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Analysis of Health Behaviours and Personal Values of Childless Women, Pregnant Women and Women Who Recently Delivered

Version 1 : Received: 27 December 2017 / Approved: 28 December 2017 / Online: 28 December 2017 (03:34:01 CET)

How to cite: Nowicki, G.J.; Misztal-Okońska, P.; Ślusarska, B.; Rudnicka-Drożak, E.; Młynarska, M.; Czekierdowski, A. Analysis of Health Behaviours and Personal Values of Childless Women, Pregnant Women and Women Who Recently Delivered. Preprints 2017, 2017120193 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201712.0193.v1). Nowicki, G.J.; Misztal-Okońska, P.; Ślusarska, B.; Rudnicka-Drożak, E.; Młynarska, M.; Czekierdowski, A. Analysis of Health Behaviours and Personal Values of Childless Women, Pregnant Women and Women Who Recently Delivered. Preprints 2017, 2017120193 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201712.0193.v1).

Abstract

Preconception lifestyle modification and reducing several known risk factors may have an influence on the future pregnancy outcome. The aim of the study was to analyse health behaviour and personal values, as well as to assess the relationship of these factors in women without children, in pregnant ones and in women who had already delivered babies. The questionnaire survey included Health Behaviour Inventory (HBI), Personal Value List (PVL) and the sociodemographic data and was conducted in 538 women. These women were divided into 3 groups: women who recently delivered (n = 235), pregnant women (n = 121) and childless women (n = 182). Pregnant women demonstrated a significantly higher level of declared health behaviours and also they rated higher subscales values "positive mental attitude" and "health practices" in comparison to women who recently delivered and to childless women. In all tested groups the highest rated personal value was "a successful family life", while the most appreciated symbol of happiness was "love and friendship". Our results suggest that the system of values and the perception of happiness symbols may influence women's health behaviours. Positioning “health” in the hierarchy of personal values as the most important one may facilitate introduction of healthy behaviours. This in turn could reduce several adverse pregnancy outcomes that are potentially modifiable with changing preconception health attitudes. Our results also identify several unanswered questions and highlights areas where new research is needed.

Subject Areas

pregnant and non-pregnant women; health behaviours; preconceptional lifestyle; personal values; symbols of happiness

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