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Social Support, Psychological Distress, and Parenting Strains in Mothers of Very Low Birthweight Infants

Lynn T. Singer, Marilyn Davillier, Peggy Bruening, Suzanne Hawkins and Toyoko S. Yamashita
Family Relations
Vol. 45, No. 3 (Jul., 1996), pp. 343-350
DOI: 10.2307/585507
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/585507
Page Count: 8
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Social Support, Psychological Distress, and Parenting Strains in Mothers of Very Low Birthweight Infants
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Abstract

This study investigated maternal psychological distress, perceptions of social supports, and parenting strains after the birth of a very low birthweight (VLBW) infant. Compared to mothers of term infants, mothers of VLBW infants had significantly higher incidence of psychological distress during the neonatal period, but did not differ from mothers of term infants in their feelings of role restriction, parenting competence, or social supports. Lower general social support predicted high distress levels, but only for mothers of VLBW infants. Mothers with a low sense of parenting competence, but support from spouse/partners reported lower maternal distress.

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