In this study, personality factors and family interactions of women with preeclampsia were investigated. Eighteen women with preeclampsia and 20 control patients were given' a psychiatric interview and a 30-item questionnaire. Twelve of the preeclamptics and 18 of the control patients were given the Maudsley Personality Inventory. Findings suggest an increased incidence of hypertension among family members of the preeclamptics, as well as decreased dependency on their husbands, compared to the controls. However, no basic difference was found between personality traits and family interaction patterns of the preeclamptic versus the control patients.
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