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Study Examining Stress During Pregnancy

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified August 2008 by University of Virginia.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
University of Arizona
Information provided by:
University of Virginia Identifier:
First received: March 24, 2006
Last updated: December 29, 2009
Last verified: August 2008
Researchers at UVa Health System are interested in how women experience and deal with stress during pregnancy. Participants will be randomly assigned either to engage in coping strategies on one's own or to receive 6 weeks of relaxation training. Researchers will examine how coping strategies affect the course of the pregnancy and the health of the infant

Condition Intervention
Stress Behavioral: Relaxation Training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Coping With Stress During Pregnancy

Further study details as provided by University of Virginia:

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: March 2006
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2009
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: 1
Experimental: 2
Relaxation techniques
Behavioral: Relaxation Training
Relaxation techniques training

Detailed Description:

Participants will be asked to fill out questionnaires and complete some tasks that require concentration as heart rate and other biological signals are monitored. Participants will also be asked to provide samples of saliva a few times during 1 day. These tasks will be repeated 3 times during pregnancy and participants will be asked to complete questionnaires at 6 months postpartum

A stress-reduction workshop will be offered to all participants at the completion of the study.

Participants will be paid for study completion


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 40 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • beginning of the 2nd trimester of pregnancy
  • feel stressed or overwhelmed
  • do not yet have any children

Exclusion Criteria:

  • more than 1 miscarriage
  • currently receiving medication for anxiety or depression
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00307320

United States, Virginia
University of Virginia, Department of Psychology
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States, 22908
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Virginia
University of Arizona
Study Director: Andrea Chambers, MA University of Virginia / University of Arizona
Principal Investigator: Susan Kirk, MD University of Virginia
  More Information Identifier: NCT00307320     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HIC 12234
Study First Received: March 24, 2006
Last Updated: December 29, 2009

Keywords provided by University of Virginia:
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