Title

Level of coping of primigravida in selected barangays in the City of Dasmarinas, Cavite in relation to the changes in their physical appearance

Date of Completion

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Keywords

Pregnancy, Self-Esteem

Abstract

The researchers utilized a non-experimental, correlational type of research design. A total of 100 primigravida in the selected Barangays served as the respondents of this study, of whom 20 were selected in each barangay. Respondents were chosen using non-probability sampling technique. The study utilized a self-made questionnaire which was anchored on Sister Calista Roy Adaptive Theory. Data was analysed using percentage distribution, mean, ranking, f-test, Pearson’s Correlation, and Cronbach’s Alpha Value. Majority of the primigravida women in selected barangays in the City of Dasmarinas, Cavite were 20-24 years old, unemployed, with monthly income of P10,000 and below, with high school education, single, were on their third trimester of pregnancy, and were mostly Catholics; the top three normal physical changes that concerned the respondents the most were weight loss, darkening of the armpit and striae or stretch marks respectively. The least three were lordosis or arching of the back, palmar erythema or reddening of the palms and bleeding gums respectively; the primagravida from selected barangays in the City of Dasmarinas, Cavite have high level of coping in relation to the changes in their physical appearance. This was because of the positive perception of the respondents about their pregnancy, their physiologic tolerance and through the utilization of varied ways of coping; there was no significant difference in the over-all normal physical changes in pregnancy which concerned the respondents the most when grouped according to age, employment status, educational attainment, socio economic status, marital status, and religion. Moreover, there was an over-all significance noted in terms of the stage of pregnancy. There was no significant difference in the overall level of coping of primigravida when grouped according to employment status, socio-economic status, educational attainment, civil status, stage of pregnancy, and religion. However, there was a significant difference noted in the over-all level of coping in terms of age. There was no significant relationship between levels of coping and normal physiologic changes in pregnancy which concerned the respondents the most.

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