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Psychotherapy directed toward the prevention of emotional disorders and the maintenance of mental health.
[psycho- + prophylaxis]
a type of psychotherapy that is directed to prevention of emotional disorders. For example, it is used in the preparation for childbirth to reduce a woman's anxiety about pain and birth of a normal child.
psychoprophylaxis(si?ko-pro?fi-lak'sis) [ psych- + prophylaxis]
In obstetrics, a method of mental and physical preparation for natural childbirth.See: natural childbirth; Lamaze method