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Online ISSN 1827-1650
Nardi B. 1, Martini M. G. 2, Arimatea E. 1, Vernice M. 3, Bellantuono C. 2, Frizzo H. 4, Nardi M. 4, Vincenzi R. 4
1 Psychiatric Unit, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Adolescent Centre for the Promotion of Youth Welfare, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy;
2 Psychiatric Unit, Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, DEGRA Center, Polytecnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy;
3 Department of Psychology, University of Milano‑Bicocca, Milan, Italy;
4 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, A. Murri Hospital, Fermo, Italy
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between postpartum pain and personality considered as Personal Meaning Organization (PMO). Pain diseases, not related to organic disorders, frequently occur in postpartum and may lead to severe consequences for women and their functions of caregiving. Emotions are usually experienced in the body and their expression is strictly related to individual personality. Considering personality as a process, each symptom expresses a need to maintain the sense of oneness and historical continuity.
METHODS: One-hundred and five women were enrolled from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and after delivery they presented postpartum pain not related to organic diseases. Women filled out a general information questionnaire assessing age, employment, marital status, education level, parity, type of delivery, attendance to a prepartum course, week of gestation. Their personality, as PMO, was evaluated using the Mini Questionnaire of Personal Organization (MQPO).
RESULTS: Controller PMO perceived more pain compared to the Principle Oriented PMO (95% CIs [-0.09, -1.98]; Wald Z=-2.28; P<0.02), slightly more than contextualized patients (95% CIs [-0.09, -1.15]; Wald Z=-1.81, P<0.06) and more than those with a Detached PMO (95% CIs [-0.09, -2.10]; Wald Z=-1.84, P<0.06).
CONCLUSSION: The results suggest a role of PMO in influencing the perception of postpartum pain and no relation with the other general information assessed, particularly, within the controller women group in which the experience of physical pain might be a way to represent a subjective discomfort.