Association between social support and child abuse potential among Japanese mothers

Child abuse is a global public health problem and a serious social issue in Japan. Social support is beneficial for parents faced with childrearing challenges. The aim of this study was to clarify the association between social support and child abuse potential. A cross-sectional study was conducted using a structured questionnaire. The target population was mothers of children at nine public nursery schools. Bivariate and multiple linear regression analysis were performed to examine the effects of socio-demographic, social support and psychological distress factors on child abuse potential. Among 309 mothers, 29 (9.4%) had a high child abuse potential score. Bivariate analysis indicated that mothers with a higher child abuse potential score were more likely to be divorced or unmarried (P < 0.001); living in single-female-parent households (P < 0.001); have low perceived economic status (P < 0.001); have a low level of child care support (P = 0.01); have a low Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) score (P < 0.001); and/or a high General Health Questionnaire-12 score (GHQ-12) (P < 0.001). Important predictors of child abuse potential among the mothers surveyed included living in single-female-parent households, having low perceived economic status, low MSPSS score, and high GHQ-12 score. Improving approaches that help mothers build social support relationships and ease them into child rearing in a psychologically healthy condition is recommended to prevent child abuse.;開始ページ : 88;終了ページ : 92;元資料の権利情報 : © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.



書名 Association between social support and child abuse potential among Japanese mothers
著作者等 Elsevier Science Publishers
萩原 真代
書名別名 母親におけるソーシャルサポートと潜在的児童虐待傾向との関連
出版元 Elsevier Ltd
刊行年月 1979-
ページ数 v.
大きさ 23 cm
ISSN 01907409
NCID AA11523458
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国

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