Maternal stress and social support during Hurricane Florence

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Health Care for Women International
In theoretical research on disaster vulnerability, access to resources is critical for optimal outcomes. Studying the impact of a hurricane on maternal stress can expand theories of disaster vulnerability. This is a cross-sectional mixed-methods prospective study of maternal stress during Hurricane Florence in the United States. Results from chi-squares compared the proportion of respondents who reported having support for a financial emergency were significant, specifically that higher income respondents indicated the ability to rely on someone in case of an emergency. A regression analysis indicated that social support was significant and negatively related to stress as a dependent variable, while evacuation status and pregnancy status were not significant predictors of stress. Five themes emerged from the overall qualitative data: concerns about infant feeding, evacuation logistics, general stress, family roles, and ‘other’ issues.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Health Care for Women International on 05/26/2022, available at: This article will be embargoed until 05/26/2023.
Sarah E. DeYoung, Victoria Jackson & Tamora A. Callands (2022) Maternal stress and social support during Hurricane Florence, Health Care for Women International, DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2022.2046750