Women's perceptions of caesarean birth: A roy international study

Jacqueline Fawcett, Cynthia Aber, Susan Haussler, Marianne Weiss, Sheila Taylor Myers, Jaye L. Hall, V. Lynn Waters, Charlette King, Marja Terttu Tarkka, Anja Rantanen, Paivi Astedt-Kurki, Jennifer Newton, Virginia Silva

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The purpose of this Roy adaptation model-based multi-site international mixed method study was to examine the relations of type of caesarean birth (unplanned/planned), number of caesarean births (primary/repeat), and preparation for caesarean birth to women's perceptions of and responses to caesarean birth. The sample included 488 women from the United States (n = 253), Finland (n = 213), and Australia (n = 22). Path analysis revealed direct effects for type of and preparation for caesarean birth on responses to caesarean birth, and an indirect effect for preparation on responses to caesarean birth through perception of birth the experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-362
Number of pages11
JournalNursing Science Quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


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