New mothers network: The provision of social support to single, low-income, African American mothers via e-mail messages

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Abstract

Electronic mail (e-mail) is being investigated as a health care intervention for mothers caring for their infants. The purpose of this study is to describe themes representing the content of e-mail messages written by 12 single, low-income, African American mothers to nurses participating in the New Mothers Network Study. Three themes that emerged were (a) life's logistics: day-to-day concerns; (b) relationships of support; and (c) personal reflections about being a new mother. Reported themes support the social support theory based on works by House and Revenson, Schiaffano, Majerovitz, and Gibofski used to develop the nursing intervention. Nurses are in key positions to offer social support to African American mothers adjusting to single parenting. Nurses can provide social support to single, low-income African American mothers via e-mail messages to assist them with caring for themselves and their infants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)220-236
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Family Nursing
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 22 2009

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Keywords

  • African American mothers
  • E-mail
  • Social support

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  • Community and Home Care
  • Family Practice

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