Social support, stress, and practice of prenatal care in married immigrant women in Korea

Kim, Y.A.; Choi, S.Young.; Ryu, E.

Journal of transcultural nursing official journal of the Transcultural Nursing Society 21(4): 325-331

2010


ISSN/ISBN: 1552-7832
PMID: 20592066
DOI: 10.1177/1043659609360713
Document Number: 224043
This study aimed to identify the correlations among social support, stress, and practice of prenatal care and elucidate the predictors affecting the practice of prenatal care in married immigrant women in Korea. This study employed a descriptive correlational Social support and prenatal-care practice were positively correlated, and stress was negatively correlated with both prenatal-care practice and social support. The practice of prenatal care in married immigrant women was most influenced by social support. As such, there is a need for nursing intervention that fosters social support for pregnant immigrant women. Concerted efforts are also required to reduce their stressors. This study could form the basis for developing childbirth management programs for pregnant women who have immigrated to Korea in order to marry.

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