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Uncovering Burdens, Examining Needs, and Shedding Assumptions of Evidence-Based Social Support Programs for Mothers: A Descriptive Qualitative Study in a Remote Community

Citation

Jahnke, Johanna R.; Waldrop, Julee B.; Ledford, Alasia; & Martinez, Beatriz (2021). Uncovering Burdens, Examining Needs, and Shedding Assumptions of Evidence-Based Social Support Programs for Mothers: A Descriptive Qualitative Study in a Remote Community. Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 8, 1-13. PMCID: PMC8327003

Abstract

Many studies have demonstrated a significant burden of maternal stress and depression for women living on the Galápagos Islands. Here, we aim to uncover burdens and needs of women with young children on San Cristóbal Island and then explore options for implementing evidence-based programs of social support to meet these needs. We conducted 17 semi-structured qualitative interviews with mothers of young children, healthcare workers, and community stakeholders. We then used Summary Oral Reflective Analysis (SORA), an interactive methodology, for qualitative analysis. Despite initial reports of a low-stress environment, women described many sources of stress and concerns for their own and their children's health and well-being. We uncovered three broad areas of need for mothers of young children: (1) the need for information and services, (2) the need for trust, and (3) the need for space. In response to these concerns, mothers, healthcare workers, and community leaders overwhelmingly agreed that a social support program would be beneficial for the health of mothers and young children. Still, they expressed concern over the feasibility of such a program. To address these feasibility concerns, we propose that a web-based education and social support intervention led by nurses would best meet mothers' needs. Women could learn about child health and development, develop strong, trusting friendships with other mothers, and have their own space to speak freely among experts and peers.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/23333936211035747

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2021

Journal Title

Global Qualitative Nursing Research

Author(s)

Jahnke, Johanna R.
Waldrop, Julee B.
Ledford, Alasia
Martinez, Beatriz

Article Type

Regular

PMCID

PMC8327003

Continent/Country

Ecuador

ORCiD

Jahnke - 0000-0003-1875-5332