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dc.contributor.authorHarris McElvy, Patricia
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-24T23:40:58Z
dc.date.available2019-07-24T23:40:58Z
dc.date.issued1987-11
dc.identifier.urien
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/622478
dc.description.abstractA survey was conducted of first-time mothers to examine the relationships among maternalrole identity, social support and age. The study sample consisted of 58 subjects between 14 and 28 years of age who were 3 to 12 months postpartum. The majority of the sample were single, and reported low to moderately low income levels. Racial composition of the sample was 74.13°/o (N=43) blacks, 24.13°/o (N=14) whites and 1.74°/o (N=1) hispanic. A descriptive correlational research design was used to test the following three hypotheses: (a) age is positively related to maternal identity; (b) age is positively related to social support and (c) social support is positively related to maternal identity. Instruments used to measure maternal identity were Myself as Mother and My Baby. The Family Support Scale was used to measure social support. The first two hypotheses were rejected. Hypothesis #3 was partially supported. Findings indicated that there was a statistically significant relationship between scores on the Family Support Scale and scores on Myself as Mother (r=.29; p .014), but not between scores on the Family Support Scale and scores on My Baby. Findings in this study indicate further research is needed. The finding which indicated a statistically significant relationship between scores on the Family Support Scale and scores on Myself as Mother suggest social support may assist mothers attain positive attitudes toward themselves as mothers. This finding implies that the community health nurse could encourage the inclusion of supportive individuals when providing care and educational services to first:time mothers; thus, allowing first-time mothers to utilize existing social support systems which could help develop more positive attitudes toward themselves as mothers. Caution must be used in generalizing these findings to other populations.en_US
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dc.subjectinfanten_US
dc.subjectatitudeen_US
dc.subjectpovertyen_US
dc.subjectnursesen_US
dc.titleThe relationships among first-time mothers' perceptions of maternal- role identity, social support and ageen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentSchool of Nursingen_US
dc.description.advisorN/Aen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.description.committeeN/Aen_US
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