New Publication on “The Presence of Meaning in Parenthood, Perceived Social Support, and Happiness of Mothers Living in Hong Kong: A Comparative Study on Younger and Older Mothers”

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A new publication by Prof. To Siu-ming, Dr. Yang Lei (our Postdoctoral Fellow supervised by Prof. To and PhD graduate supervised by Prof. Steven Ngai) and Ms. Cathy Yan (our part-time Research Assistant) titled “The Presence of Meaning in Parenthood, Perceived Social Support, and Happiness of Mothers Living in Hong Kong: A Comparative Study on Younger and Older Mothers” has been published online in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, an SSCI Q1 journal which covers environmental sciences and engineering, public health, environmental health, occupational hygiene, health economic and global health research.

Below please find an abstract of the paper:
This study investigates whether and how mothers’ meaning of parenthood and their perceived social support interact and are associated with their happiness. Similarities and differences in these areas between younger and older mothers are also explored. A total of 1292 Chinese mothers were recruited from different Hong Kong communities; 361 were 24 years of age and younger and were categorized as younger mothers, and 931 were older than 24 years of age and were categorized as older mothers. Multiple regression analyses were performed to discern direct and interaction effects. The results show that older mothers were happier than younger mothers and indicate that parental meaning and perceived social support had a positive effect on the happiness of both younger and older mothers. Notably, while the results reveal significant interaction effects between the meaning of parenthood and perceived social support from significant others and friends on the happiness of older mothers, these effects are not found among younger mothers. This study suggests that the social support young mothers receive from their significant others and friends does not amplify the association between their meaning of parenthood and happiness. These findings provide insights into the importance of synergizing social support and meaning-making among younger mothers.

You may refer to this link for the article:
https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052730

Congratulations to Prof. To, Lei and Cathy!