Social Network and Emotional Intelligence in Pregnancy and Postpartum

Jennifer L. Rode, Suzanne M. Stricklin, Stephanie Nicely


Although evidence supports the role of social support in perinatal women's well-being, the dynamics of these relationships remain unclear. We examined changes in social support and social network from prenatal to postpartum periods from 168 perinatal women. Individual differences in emotional intelligence (EI) were examined as moderating these changes. Results suggest that functional social support increases in postpartum while social network decreases. EI significantly moderated change in functional social support from fathers such that functional social support from a woman's father was significantly higher in women with higher EI. Changes in social network were not significantly affected by EI.


perinatal; social support; emotional intelligence; postpartum; father involvement

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