Maternal stress and social support during Hurricane Florence
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: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/07399332.2022.2046750. 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