The measurement of social support and its relation to stress

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Examined the empirical relationship between 3 measures of social support (amount of contact, problem-centered feedback, and relationship importance) and several stress indices among 99 mothers who completed questionnaires approximately 8 wks after their newborns had been home from the hospital. Correlational analysis showed a consistent pattern of weak to moderate direct associations between measures, suggesting that unique types of support are extended by different network members. Discussion of the meaning of the pattern of positive correlations between the 2 sets of variables centers on the distinction between the role of social support in the coping process and its bearing on stress and on health outcomes. (French summary) (21 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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