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Stress and resilience: Improving reproductive health outcomes

Stress and resilience: Improving reproductive health outcomes

Current research has largely focused on the role of maternal stress as a key contributor to negative outcomes in the time period immediately leading up to and following births. However, there is little research on ways to protect families from these outcomes by determining factors that promote resilience or protect against stress. Realizing this gap, Fathima Wakeel, associate professor at the Lehigh University College of Health , is exploring the relationship between stress and the way internal and social protective resources, which she has coined as "personal capital," affect the health of reproductive-aged women in vulnerable communities.