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Socio-economic and political trajectories of psychological distress among pregnant women in Uyo metropolis
In contemporary Nigeria, most women coming for antenatal care and are usually guided on minor health issues related to pregnancy whereas other psychosocial factors appears unattended to. Being cognisant of this, the study examined socio-economic trajectories of psychological distress by purposively sampling thirty one (31) pregnant women recruited from Premier Hospital, Uyo. To investigate the variable of interest, the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K6) as developed by Dadfar, Lester, Momeni, and Roshanpajouh, (2018) was employed. Ethical requirements were met before participants consented to respond to the questionnaire. Thereafter, collected data were subjected to empirical software analysis using descriptive statistics and one-way ANOVA to test the research hypothesis which returned statistically confirmed. A psychological distress prevalence of 29% was reported which should stimulate urgent proactive means within hospital managements to conscientiously address the situation. More so, understanding socio-economic trajectories of psychological distress in pregnancy will be useful in expanding interventions for tackling such symptoms, as well as averting potential post-partum crisis.
Keywords: Family monthly income; partner’s employment status; pregnant women; psychological distress, Economic security.