Self-reported mental well-being of mothers with young children during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany: A mixed-methods study.

Wandschneider L, Batram-Zantvoort S, Alaze A, Niehues V, Spallek J, Razum O, Miani C (2022)
Women's Health 18: 17455057221114274.

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OBJECTIVES: Mothers of young children have been identified as a particularly vulnerable group during the COVID-19 pandemic. We aimed to explore how occupational, psychosocial and partnership-related factors were associated with their self-reported mental well-being during the first COVID-19 wave.; METHODS: Five hundred fifty participants of the BaBi cohort study (est. 2013, Bielefeld, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany) were invited to complete an online survey and to take part in email interviews (April-May 2020). With survey data, we assessed self-reported mental well-being through validated instruments (eight-item Patient Health Questionnaire; short version of the Symptom Checklist) and ran linear regression models for occupational, psychosocial and partnership-related factors. We performed content analysis on the interviews' data to further understand the determinants of the women's mental well-being.; RESULTS: One hundred twenty-four women participated in the survey; of which 17 also participated in the interviews. A perceived lack of support in childcare was associated with higher levels of depressive symptoms, while having a higher internal locus of control was associated with lower levels. Psychological distress was higher in those reporting lack of emotional or childcare support. Interviews confirmed the interplay of potential stressors and highlighted the difficulties to reconcile different expectations of motherhood.; DISCUSSION: Occupational, psychosocial and partner-related factors can act (to varying degree) both as resources and stressors to the self-reported mental well-being of mothers of young children. These impacts took different forms and created opportunities or challenges, depending on specific life circumstances, such as work or family situations, relationships and own psychosocial resources. Although not representative, our study contributes to building the COVID-19 evidence base, delineating the mental health toll of the pandemic on mothers of young children and the factors that contribute to it.
Erscheinungsjahr
2022
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Women's Health
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18
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17455057221114274
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1745-5065
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Wandschneider L, Batram-Zantvoort S, Alaze A, et al. Self-reported mental well-being of mothers with young children during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany: A mixed-methods study. Women's Health. 2022;18: 17455057221114274.
Wandschneider, L., Batram-Zantvoort, S., Alaze, A., Niehues, V., Spallek, J., Razum, O., & Miani, C. (2022). Self-reported mental well-being of mothers with young children during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany: A mixed-methods study. Women's Health, 18, 17455057221114274. https://doi.org/10.1177/17455057221114274
Wandschneider, Lisa, Batram-Zantvoort, Stephanie, Alaze, Anita, Niehues, Vera, Spallek, Jacob, Razum, Oliver, and Miani, Céline. 2022. “Self-reported mental well-being of mothers with young children during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany: A mixed-methods study.”. Women's Health 18: 17455057221114274.
Wandschneider, L., Batram-Zantvoort, S., Alaze, A., Niehues, V., Spallek, J., Razum, O., and Miani, C. (2022). Self-reported mental well-being of mothers with young children during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany: A mixed-methods study. Women's Health 18:17455057221114274.
Wandschneider, L., et al., 2022. Self-reported mental well-being of mothers with young children during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany: A mixed-methods study. Women's Health, 18: 17455057221114274.
L. Wandschneider, et al., “Self-reported mental well-being of mothers with young children during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany: A mixed-methods study.”, Women's Health, vol. 18, 2022, : 17455057221114274.
Wandschneider, L., Batram-Zantvoort, S., Alaze, A., Niehues, V., Spallek, J., Razum, O., Miani, C.: Self-reported mental well-being of mothers with young children during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany: A mixed-methods study. Women's Health. 18, : 17455057221114274 (2022).
Wandschneider, Lisa, Batram-Zantvoort, Stephanie, Alaze, Anita, Niehues, Vera, Spallek, Jacob, Razum, Oliver, and Miani, Céline. “Self-reported mental well-being of mothers with young children during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany: A mixed-methods study.”. Women's Health 18 (2022): 17455057221114274.
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