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PLoS One. 2015 Jul 16;10(7):e0133007. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0133007. eCollection 2015.

Playgroup Participation and Social Support Outcomes for Mothers of Young Children: A Longitudinal Cohort Study.

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1
Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
2
Playgroup WA (Inc), North Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study aimed to examine friendship networks and social support outcomes for mothers according to patterns of playgroup participation.

METHODS:

Data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children were used to examine the extent to which patterns of playgroup participation across the ages of 3-19 months (Wave 1) and 2-3 years (Wave 2) were associated with social support outcomes for mothers at Wave 3 (4-5 years) and four years later at Wave 5 (8-9 years). Analyses were adjusted for initial friendship attachments at Wave 1 and other socio-demographic characteristics.

RESULTS:

Log-binomial regression models estimating relative risks showed that mothers who never participated in a playgroup, or who participated at either Wave 1 or Wave 2 only, were 1.7 and 1.8 times as likely to report having no support from friends when the child was 4-5 years, and 2.0 times as likely to have no support at age 8-9 years, compared with mothers who persistently participated in playgroup at both Wave 1 and Wave 2.

CONCLUSION:

These results provide evidence that persistent playgroup participation may acts as a protective factor against poor social support outcomes. Socially isolated parents may find playgroups a useful resource to build their social support networks.

PMID:
26181426
PMCID:
PMC4504708
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0133007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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