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Nurs Sci Q. 2011 Oct;24(4):352-62. doi: 10.1177/0894318411419211.

Women's perceptions of caesarean birth: a Roy international study.

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  • 1Nursing Department,University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA.


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.

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