Parenting Outcomes of Single Active Duty Postpartum Women
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Single active duty mothers face many of the same stressors as civilian single parents, including role strain, child care issues, and lack of discretionary time. Child care is a difficult issue for single parents who need care that is flexible, convenient, and available at a reasonable cost. Deployments, work related travel, shift work, and relocations pose additional and unique problems for child care arrangements for military Wahl Randall, 1996. The purpose of this secondary analysis was to describe the impact of infant, parent, and environmental factors on parenting ability in single active duty women. The proposed study was a descriptive correlational design The original study was a two group quasi-experimental design with repeated measures. Subjects were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups and stratified according to their active duty status into four subgroups. The present study used subjects from subgroup 4 single mother who is active duty. The original study examined mothers 32-36 weeks prenatally, 24-48 hours postnatally, two weeks postnatally, two months postuatally, four months postnatally, and six months postuatally. Subjects for this secondary analysis were selected from the mothers and infants who completed the primary study.