The impact of molar pregnancy on the male partner

Psycho-Oncology, 05/07/2012

Quinlivan JA et al. – There are high persisting levels of anxiety in male partners of women with molar pregnancy. Partners may benefit from therapy where anxiety disorders are detected.

Methods

  • Institutional ethics committee approval and individual consent were obtained.
  • All women listed on the state molar pregnancy database who were receiving active follow-up (n=102) and a random sample of women who had been registered in the previous 30years (n=56) were sent a postal survey outlining the purpose of the study and an invitation for their partner to participate.
  • Sixty-six women gave permission for their partner to participate in the study.
  • Questionnaires included the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Satisfaction with Life Scale and Sexual History Form 12.
  • Responding partners were also invited to make comments about any aspect of particular concern.

Results

  • The response rate was 62% (N=41).
  • The key findings were that 32.5% and 12.5% of men met the case criteria for anxiety and depressive disorder, respectively.
  • These figures represent a doubling of usual community rates for anxiety disorder.
  • However, overall quality of life and sexual functioning outcomes were consistent with community samples.
  • The presence of children played a protective role and was associated with significantly better psychological function and quality of life in univariate and multivariate analysis.
  • Qualitative results complemented the quantitative data, with anxiety as the dominant emotional theme.

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