The relationship between internet addiction and fear of childbirth in pregnant women

Özlem Karabulutlu, Cansu M. Aydın

Abstract

The aim of this study is to determine the relationship between internet addiction and fear of childbirth in pregnant women. The study was conducted with 200 pregnant women who applied to two hospitals in province located in eastern Türkiye between April and August 2023 and were voluntary to participate in the study. In this descriptive, cross-sectional and correlational study,a“Personal Information Form”, the “Internet Addiction Scale”, and the “Wijma Delivery Expectancy/Experience Questionnaire” were used. The data were analyzed using independent samples t test, analysis of variance, and regression analysis. The pregnant women 40.5% expressed that they always accessed the information they sought. Pregnant women had high levels of internet addiction and fear of childbirth. In pregnant women, internet addiction was a significant predictor of fear of childbirth. With a multidisciplinary approach a preventive and supportive environment should be established in health services for the internet used during pregnancy. (Afr J Reprod Health 2024; 28 [4]: 30-40).

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