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MOMS AMIDST PANDEMIC: AN EXPLANATORY-SEQUENTIAL APPROACH ON SOCIAL SUPPORT AND MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH IN LAGUNA

Volume: 116  ,  Issue: 1 , January    Published Date: 15 January 2023
Publisher Name: IJRP
Views: 54  ,  Download: 24 , Pages: 315 - 333    
DOI: 10.47119/IJRP1001161120234401

Authors

# Author Name
1 Reizel B. Apuada

Abstract

The primary goal was to determine the relationships between social support and maternal mental health in this cohort during the pandemic as people started to isolate themselves during a period of uncertainty and worry. Lack of support negatively affected people during their self-isolation since social support could protect against the detrimental effects of distress on mental and physical health. A preliminary investigation of this relationship was conducted using partial correlation. The studys goal was to raise general awareness of maternal mental health issues and to provide a set of specific, positive, and actionable recommendations to mothers, mental health professionals, and the general public to improve the overall health and well-being of families in the province of Laguna, Philippines. The explanatory-sequential mixed method design was utilized in the study. Pregnant women in the province of Laguna were the locale of the study. The sampling method used was snowball and convenient sampling and G*Power was used to compute the sample size. Three hundred ten (310) pregnant women were the respondents, whereas, in the qualitative phase, five (5) pregnant women were the participants of the study. An interview questionnaire guide was used in data collection. Statistical tools used were frequency distribution, percentage, weighted mean, and Pearson-r correlation coefficient. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was also used in the qualitative aspect of the study. The result of the study revealed that social support had a significant relationship with maternal mental health and protects against perinatal depression and anxiety. This study must contribute something to the world of literature, on the lives of pregnant women, and to those who were planning to embrace the new stage of responsibility which was pregnancy.

Keywords

  • perceived social support
  • polyvagal theory
  • province of laguna
  • maternal mental health
  • Covid-19 in pregnancy
  • convoy theory
  • explanatory-sequential approach