Relationship between social support and quality of life in childbearing women during the perinatal period

Emmanuel, Elizabeth, St John, Winsome, and Sun, Jing (2012) Relationship between social support and quality of life in childbearing women during the perinatal period. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 41 (6). E62-E70.

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Abstract

Objective: To explore demographic and social support predictors of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) (mental and physical) for childbearing women in the perinatal period.

Design: Longitudinal.

Sample: Three public hospitals in metropolitan Brisbane, Australia.

Participants: Four hundred seventy-three (473) women recruited at 36 weeks of pregnancy, and 6 and 12 weeks following childbirth.

Methods: The Short Form-12 (SF-12) Version 2 Health Survey was used to measure the mental and physical domains of HRQoL. Social support was measured using the Maternal Social Support Scale (MSSS).

Results: Mean scores for the mental and physical domains of HRQoL were lower than population norms. Social support was found to be a significant and consistent predictor of higher HRQoL scores, particularly in the physical domain at 12 weeks following child birth and mental domain during the perinatal period. The relationship between social support and HRQoL was found to be independent of other factors including education, length of relationship with partner, age, parity, and antenatal visit. The only other significant predictor was length of relationship with partner in the mental domain at 36 weeks of pregnancy.

Conclusion: Social support is a significant and consistent predictor of a mother's HRQoL during the perinatal period. Nurses and midwives need to assess social support, rather than making assumptions based on demographic factors.

Item ID: 25902
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1552-6909
Keywords: health-related quality of life, nurse, midwives, social support, perinatal, postnatal
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2013 23:05
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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