ERIC Number: ED362286
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Social Support and Adjustment to the Birth of a Child.
Marshall, Nancy L.; Robeson, Wendy Wagner
A study examined the role of social support in the mother's adjustment to the birth of a child by drawing on data collected during interviews with 204 mothers when their infants were 1 and 6 months old. (This data was drawn from a longitudinal study of 1,300 children.) At each interview mothers completed questionnaires about their adjustment to parenting. It was found that mothers living in an extended family reported receiving more help and support than mothers in a nuclear family. While help and support in the first month is not directly related to parental adjustment at 6 months, it is indirectly related. Help and support contribute to the mother feeling less restricted by the demands of parenthood at 1 month, which, in turn, is related to her feeling less restricted at 6 months. Mothers who do not receive adequate help and support at 1 month are more likely to feel restricted at 1 month, and these feelings are likely to continue at 6 months. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Family Support
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Conference of the Society for Research in Child Development (60th, New Orleans, LA, March 25-28, 1993).