Date of Award

Spring 1986

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Ellis Youngkin

Committee Member

Linda Davis

Committee Member

Sue Young


This study examined whether the factors of pregravid weight, total prenatal weight gain at twenty-eight weeks and maternal age correlated with the development of pregnancy-induced hypertension in the third trimester. An ex post facto chart review of low risk primigravidas attending a public health maternity clinic was performed. A multiple regression correlation procedure demonstrated no significant correlation between the variables. Significant results of Chi-sguare tests of independence were demonstrated between low maternal age and pregnancy-induced hypertension development and between the failure of the mean arterial pressure to decrease in the second trimester and the development of pregnancy-induced hypertension in the last trimester. The researcher recommended that this study be replicated with a larger more heterogeneous sample in a prospective study to increase the ability to generalize the results to the target population.


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