The effect of personality traits on pain perception and maternal self-confidence in the postpartum period: A cross-sectional study

Zeliha Özşahin 1, Sinem Güven Santur 1, Bahar Koldaş 1, Çiğdem Karakayali Ay 1 *
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1 Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey
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J CLIN MED KAZ, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp. 50-56.
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Aim: This research was conducted to determine the effect of personality traits of postpartum women on pain perception and maternal self-confidence.
Material and methods: The population of this study, which was designed as a descriptive cross-sectional study, was determined as 202 with a confidence interval of 0.95 and a power of 0.95 to represent the universe, according to the power analysis. The study was completed with 258 puerperant women. Data were collected with the "Personal Description Form", "Ten-Item Personality Scale (TIPS)", “Visual Analog Scale (VAS)” and "Pharis Self-Confidence Scale (PSCS)". In the statistical evaluation, descriptive statistics (percentage, mean, standard deviation), Pearson's correlation and multiple linear regression analysis were used.
Results: According to VAS, 25.2% of the participants had severe pain in the legs, 27.1 % in the abdomen, 46.4% in the waist, 17.4% in the chest, 30.3% in the head, 9.4% in the knee, 25.5% in the hips and 43% in the perineum region. The total mean score of the PSCS was 43.72±11.8. It was found that there was a significant correlation between TIPS sub-dimensions and pain regions and total PSCS score averages (p<0.001, p<0.05). As a result of multiple linear regression analysis, it was determined that the personality traits of women predicted pain and maternal self-confidence negatively and the models were statistically significant (p<0.05).
Conclusions: It has been determined that personality traits have an effect on pain perception and maternal self-confidence. In line with the results obtained, midwifery interventions should be planned to reduce the perception of pain and increase maternal self-confidence.


Özşahin Z, Güven Santur S, Koldaş B, Karakayali Ay Ç. The effect of personality traits on pain perception and maternal self-confidence in the postpartum period: A cross-sectional study. J CLIN MED KAZ. 2022;19(1):50-6.


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