Crucial Components of Social Support that Predict Mental Health in Mothers.
TEOH HSIEN-JIN.Jurnal Sains
Kesihatan Malaysia 1 Julai/July 2003
Three hundred and ninety-eight mothers were interviewed to ascertain what
aspects of social support tend to be important in predicting mother’s mental
health. The results of the study indicated that satisfaction with social support,
rather than size of the social support network predicted mother’s mental
health. Furthermore, satisfaction with social support mainly predicted anxiety
and insomnia. The important aspects of satisfaction with social support that
predicted anxiety and insomnia included having someone whom the mothers could
totally be themselves, who would also comfort them by holding them in their
arms and who would assist in the event of the death of a close relative. From
a clinical perspective, some level of specificity needs to be taken into
consideration when inquiring about patient’s social support.
Key words: Mental health, social support, mothers, questionnaire.