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Mother, baby and Facebook makes three: does social media provide social support for new mothers?

Archer, C. and Kao, K-T (2018) Mother, baby and Facebook makes three: does social media provide social support for new mothers? Media International Australia, 168 (1).

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1329878X18783016
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Abstract

Many mothers can find themselves increasingly isolated and overwhelmed after giving birth to a new baby. This period can be a source of extreme stress, anxiety and depression, which can not only have an economic impact on national health services, but can also have long-term effects on the development of the child. At the same time, social media use among most new mothers has become ubiquitous. This research investigates the role of social media, potentially as a mechanism for social support, among Australian mothers of young children aged from birth to 4 years. The findings indicate that participants had mixed responses to their social media use. While social support was deemed a benefit, there were also some negative aspects to social media use identified. The findings highlight the need to critically interrogate social media’s ability to act as a source of social support for new mothers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Copyright: © 2018 by Media International Australia Editorial Board
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/41630
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