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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
Vol. 45, No. 3 (Jul., 1996), pp. 343-350
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/585507
Page Count: 8
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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.
Family Relations © 1996 National Council on Family Relations