Social Support and Pregnancy

A Comprehensive Review Focusing on Ethnicity and Culture
  • Christine Dunkel-Schetter
  • Lynda M. Sagrestano
  • Pamela Feldman
  • Christine Killingsworth
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


In the 1970s, following the publication of influential papers by authors such as Caplan (1974), Cassel (1976), and Cobb (1976), investigators began to study social support (Norbeck, 1988). One oft-cited early study highlighted the potential importance of social support in pregnancy by considering social support as an element of “psychosocial assets” and showing that pregnant women with a combination of high life stress and few psychosocial assets experienced more pregnancy complications than did women with low life stress and a higher level of psychosocial assets (Nuckolls, Cassel, & Kaplan, 1972). Since then, a number of studies have attempted to clarify the role of social support in pregnancy outcomes.


Social Support Pregnancy Outcome Prenatal Care Birth Outcome Postpartum Depression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Dunkel-Schetter
    • 1
  • Lynda M. Sagrestano
    • 1
  • Pamela Feldman
    • 1
  • Christine Killingsworth
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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