The Pregnancy-related Anxiety Project
An Australian research project aimed at bringing greater understanding to this anxiety type. 

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 The Pregnancy-related Anxiety Project

The aim of this research project is to develop and validate the Pregnancy-Related Anxiety Scale.

 Increasingly researchers are acknowledging anxiety in pregnancy (Pregnancy-related Anxiety) as a distinct anxiety type.  Prevalence rates indicate that Pregnancy-related Anxiety may be a common occurrence in pregnant women.

Pregnancy-related Anxiety has been associated with many negative outcomes such as preterm birth and physical defects in the child and increased nausea and substance abuse in mothers.

Furthermore Pregnancy-related Anxiety has been identified as a significant predictor of postnatal depression. These negative outcomes not only demonstrate the need for routine antenatal screening but also provide an opportunity to identify women most at risk of developing postnatal depression.

Our previous research has identified that presently there is no suitable screening tool in existence. With pregnancy experienced by over 90% of women and the seemingly high prevalence rates of pregnancy-related anxiety, we believe the need exists for the development of such a tool. 



The proposed Pregnancy-Related Anxiety Scale will assess specific fears and worries relevant to pregnancy in addition to anxious symptomology.

This scale is intended for use both clinically and in research settings. The development and validation of the scale will be completed over three to four individual research studies. 

This research is  conducted as part of the requirements for a PhD for the principal researcher, Robyn Brunton.  ​In addition to the principal researcher there are three associate researchers:


Dr Rachel Dryer, PhD (Psychology) 
Professor Anthony Saliba, BSc (Hons) Psych, PhD (Psych)
Dr Jane Kohlhoff, B.A. (Hons), D. Clin. Psych., PhD. 

Ethics approval from both NSW Health (HREC/13/GWAHS/79) and Charles Sturt University (CSU protocol No: 2014/135) are held.

This research is jointly funded by Charles Sturt University and Karitane, 
leaders in parenting services since 1923.