Impact of marital status and perceived social support on the psychological wellbeing of mothers

Authors

  • Jonah Zumlong Damilep
  • Dauda Akwai Saleh
  • Ibrahim Arobo Dauda
  • Sarki Danat Pandang

Keywords:

Marital status, perceived social support, psychological well-being, mothers.

Abstract

This study aimed at evaluating the impact of marital status and perceived social support on the psychological well-being of mothers. A total of 154 women participated in this factorial design with their ages ranging from 16years to 45years and above. Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support and Ryff‟s Psychological Wellbeing Scale Short-Form were used for data collection. Three hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance to find out whether marital status alone, perceived social support alone, or marital status and perceived social support together have significant effect on the psychological well-being of mothers. Results indicated that marital status had significant effect on the psychological wellbeing of mothers, means, 70.50, 52.57, 54.13, 57.50, F(3, 146) = 3.444, p = 0.018; with those that are singles having higher psychological wellbeing mean score. Furthermore, perceived social support had significant effect on the psychological wellbeing of participants, means, 66.36, 50.99, F(1, 146) = 11.023, p = 0.001; with those that had low perceived social support having higher psychological wellbeing mean score. However, significant interaction effect between marital status and perceived social support on the psychological wellbeing of mothers was not found, means, 86.00, 55.00, 59.09, 46.05, 55.00, 53.25, 66.33, 49.67, F(3, 146) = 1.084, p = 0.358. The study concluded that the psychological wellbeing of mothers is influenced by marital status as well as perceived social support.

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Published

2022-12-19