Compensatory health beliefs in women in the first, second and third trimester of pregnancy

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Mazur-Skupowska, Magdalena
Byrka, Katarzyna
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2024-04
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Health Psychology Report
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2
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12
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112-123
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2353-4184
2353-5571
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2023-09-06
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Background: Compensatory health beliefs may serve as one of many self-regulatory strategies that individuals employ to maintain healthy lifestyles. Past research with samples from a general population has shown, however, that compensatory beliefs are ineffective in this regard and may even lead to inaction in future health-related behaviors such as eating healthily or being active. To better understand this phenomenon, in the present study, changes in compensatory health beliefs regarding various life domains were examined in a group of pregnant women. Participants and procedure: In a longitudinal study design, 166 women completed questionnaires in the first (t1), the second (t2), and the third (t3) tri-mester of their pregnancies. We assessed the level of their self-control as a trait (t1, t2, t3), compensatory health beliefs (t1, t2, t3), and unhealthy snacking (t3). Results: As predicted, self-control as a trait decreased and the levels of compensatory beliefs increased over time. A linear mixed ef-fects analysis showed that self-control was the best predictor of compensatory beliefs in the third trimester. Finally, com-pensatory health beliefs in the third trimester mediated the effect of self-control at the beginning of pregnancy on un-healthy snacking in the third trimester. Conclusions: It appears important to support pregnant women in opting for constructive self-regulatory strategies, especially in their final trimesters, when coping resources are exhausted by the challenges of this period.
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pregnancy
compensatory health beliefs
self-control
self-regulation
unhealthy snacking habits
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