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The purpose of this research is to examine health behavior preparedness of pregnant women’s husbands and determine influencing of information received, and perceived benefits and barriers on health behavior preparedness of pregnant women’s husbands. A convenience sampling was used to recruit 85 husbands of preconception women, of which attended antenatal clinic at a private hospital. Data collection was carried out by using questionnaires of a demographic data, the perceived benefits, the perceived barriers, the information received, and the health behavior preparedness. Their reliabilities were .72, .79, .74, and .87, respectively. Data were analyzed by using descriptive statistic and standard and multiple regression analysis.
The results showed that the sample had mean score of health preparatory behavior of 6.47 (SD = 2.2), which was at a high level. The most practical behavior was abstinence of addictive substances (95.3%), and the least was received Hepatitis B vaccination (34.1%). Information received and perceived benefits and barriers were together accounted for 19.9% of variance prediction of health preparatory behaviors of the husbands (R2 = .199, F3,81= 6.72, p< .01 ). The only significant predictor was Information received from various sources about preparatory behavior of husband before his wife became pregnant (b= .29, p< .01). Nurses who are responsible for caring health of a couple before having pregnant should pay more attention on giving related information to husbands for preparedness for preconception.
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