Midwifery 2021 Oct 1;103:103162. Epub 2021 Oct 1.
Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, 1540 Alcazar St, CHP 155, Los Angeles, CA, 90033, United States; Department of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, 1975 Zonal Ave Los Angeles, California, 90033, United States; Division of Research on Children, Youth, and Families, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, 4650 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA, 90027, United States; Developmental Neuroscience and Neurogenetics Program, The Saban Research Institute, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, 4650 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, California, 90027, United States.
Objective: Our objectives were to assess in perinatal women: the most effective methods used to meet social support needs during COVID-19, the impact of COVID-19 on self-reported social support levels, and how perceived change in social support related to distress, depression, and mental health.
Design: One-time survey administered from April to August 2020 SETTING: Online PARTICIPANTS: Pregnant and postpartum women with infants less than 6 months of age MEASUREMENT AND FINDINGS: Participants indicated the methods they used to meet social support needs during COVID-19. They self-rated their social support level pre- and during pandemic and their distress, depressive symptoms, and mental health changes on a Likert scale. Read More