Social Support and Its Effect on Parenting Behavior: A Review

  • Hwang, Hye-Won (Department of Social Welfare, Chongju University,Korea)
  • Published : 2004.06.01


It has been repeatedly reported that the quality and quantity of relationships with other people moderate responses to stress and influence health and adjustment. This evidence has stimulated research on the characteristics of social support. In this review, the definition of social support for parents will be discussed. This study also will connect the concept of social support with family theories such as the human ecology theory and the developmental contextualism. The findings from previous studies will be summarized to examine the effects of social support on parenting and to understand the social support within a cultural context.



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