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Partner support in the childbearing period -- a follow up study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18707928     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Social support is important during pregnancy and childbirth and the partner is usually the main source of support. Lack of partner support is associated with less emotional well-being and discontinuation of breastfeeding.
RESEARCH PROBLEM: The purpose of the study was to investigate the proportion of women dissatisfied with partner support in early pregnancy, and to identify risk factors associated with dissatisfaction through a follow up 2 months and 1 year after childbirth.
PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: A national cohort of 2430 Swedish speaking women recruited in early pregnancy and followed up 2 months and 1 year postpartum. Data were collected by means of three postal questionnaires.
RESULTS: Five percent of women were dissatisfied with partner support in early pregnancy. Women dissatisfied with partner support were more likely to be multiparas, not living with their partner in early pregnancy and to report unfavorable timing of pregnancy. They experienced more physical symptoms, and less emotional well-being in terms of more depressive symptoms, more major worries and a lower sense of coherence. One year after childbirth a higher rate of divorces and disappointment with the partner's participation in childcare and household chores and understanding from partner was found in women being dissatisfied in early pregnancy.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS: This study shows that it might be possible to identify women who are lacking partner support already in early pregnancy. Women's social network and their support from partner should be investigated by health care providers and women in need of additional support should be refereed to available community resources.
Ingegerd Hildingsson; Maria Tingvall; Christine Rubertsson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-08-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Women and birth : journal of the Australian College of Midwives     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1871-5192     ISO Abbreviation:  Women Birth     Publication Date:  2008 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-11-17     Completed Date:  2009-02-27     Revised Date:  2014-11-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101266131     Medline TA:  Women Birth     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  141-8     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / epidemiology
Breast Feeding / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Cohort Studies
Follow-Up Studies
Infant, Newborn
Interpersonal Relations*
Marriage / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Mothers / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Personal Satisfaction*
Postnatal Care / methods*
Self Efficacy
Social Environment
Social Support
Spouses / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Stress, Psychological / epidemiology
Sweden / epidemiology

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