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Life change and instrumental support as predictors of illness in mothers of 6-month-olds.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3634414     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The extent to which life change after birth of a baby and instrumental support of parenting predict the occurrence of illness in mothers of 6-month-olds was studied. Mothers (N = 155) were selected from an urban clinic and from the birth records of a suburban hospital. All data were collected with questionnaires and interviews in mothers' homes when infants were 6 months old. Age, race, socioeconomic status, and prior illness were used as control variables in the analyses. Life change and intensity of support were positively related, and size of the support network was negatively related to illness. There was no evidence for the buffering effect of support. Findings confirmed that life change helps predict postpartal illness, and revealed that characteristics of instrumental support differ in their importance as predictors.
E R Lenz; P L Parks; L S Jenkins; G E Jarrett
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Research in nursing & health     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0160-6891     ISO Abbreviation:  Res Nurs Health     Publication Date:  1986 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-05-15     Completed Date:  1986-05-15     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806136     Medline TA:  Res Nurs Health     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  17-24     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
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MeSH Terms
Disease / psychology*
Infant Care
Life Change Events*
Mothers / psychology*
Regression Analysis
Social Environment*
Social Support*
Grant Support
R 21 NU-00829-03/NU/BHP HRSA HHS

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