Maternal Coping Adaptations, Social Support and Transition Difficulties to Parenthood of First-Time Civilian and Military Mothers
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The purpose of this comparative study was to determine if there was a difference in transition difficulty, social support, and maternal coping adaptation among military mothers and civilian mothers, 20-29 years old, at three months post birth. There is little research on the transient nature of the military family, whether this contributes to transition difficulty to parenthood, and what support systems are likely to be utilized. This research was designed to fill the gap by describing these differences. Family systems theory provided the framework for the study. The Modified Transition Difficulty Scale TD, Steffensmeier, 1982 Twiss, 1989, the Family Crisis Oriented Personal Evaluation Scale F-COPES, McCubbin et al., 1987 and the Social Support Index SSI, McCubbin, et al., 1982 were administered. Data were collected by mailed survey from a convenience sample of 54 first-time mothers, 25 military mothers and 29 civilian mothers at three months following delivery.
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