Home > Publications . Search All . Browse All . Country . Browse PSC Pubs . PSC Report Series

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Edin and Shaefer's book a call to action for Americans to deal with poverty

Weir says pain may underlie rise in suicide and substance-related deaths among white middle-aged Americans

Weitzman says China's one-child policy has had devastating effects on first-born daughters


MCubed opens for new round of seed funding, November 4-18

PSC News, fall 2015 now available

Barbara Anderson appointed chair of Census Scientific Advisory Committee

John Knodel honored by Thailand's Chulalongkorn University

Next Brown Bag

Monday, Dec 7 at noon, 6050 ISR-Thompson
Daniel Eisenberg, "Healthy Minds Network: Mental Health among College-Age Populations"

Young Women and Substance Use during Pregnancy: The Role of Social Support

Publication Abstract

Download PDF versionGatny, Heather, Jennifer S. Barber, and Yasamin Kusunoki. 2013. "Young Women and Substance Use during Pregnancy: The Role of Social Support." PSC Research Report No. 13-788. April 2013.

We investigate the relationship between social support and substance use during pregnancy. Data from the Relationship Dynamics and Social Life (RDSL) study allow us to examine weekly survey measures of social support and substance use collected throughout the pregnancies of a population-based sample of young women (n=187 women; n=2,145 observations). We use these data to determine whether social support from the father of the pregnancy, family, and friends are independently associated with alcohol, marijuana, and cigarette use during pregnancy. We also investigate the importance of multiple dimensions of social support and the size of social support networks. Our results suggest that pregnant women are less likely to use alcohol, marijuana, or cigarettes during periods when they have any social support from family and when their family support network is larger. A particularly strong and consistent predictor of substance use is having a family member to talk to about the pregnancy.

Country of focus: United States of America.

Browse | Search : All Pubs | Next