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Journal of Women's Health Care
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Research Article

Social Support and Smoking during Pregnancy

Saba W Masho1*, Elizabeth Do2 and Sulola Adekoya3

1Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, Institute of Women’s Health and Center on Health Disparities, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA

2Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA

3Richmond Health District, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, USA

Corresponding Author:
Saba W Masho
Department of Epidemiology and Community Health
VCU, P. O. Box 980212, Richmond
Virginia 23298-0212, USA
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Received Date: July 07, 2014; Accepted Date: July 29, 2014; Published Date: August 03, 2014

Citation: Masho SW, Do E, Adekoya S (2014) Social Support and Smoking during Pregnancy. J Women’s Health Care 3:179. doi:10.4172/2167-0420.1000179

Copyright: © 2014 Masho SW, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Background: Smoking during pregnancy and a lack of social support have been identified as independent risk factors for poor birth outcomes. However, the influence of social support on smoking during pregnancy remains underinvestigated. This study examined the association between domains of social support and smoking during pregnancy.

Methods: Pregnant women during their first trimester, attending three inner-city clinics were surveyed using self-administered questionnaires (N=227). Social support was measured using the Interpersonal Support Evaluation List (ISEL). Three domains of social support (tangible, appraisal, and belonging) were examined. Multiple logistic regressions were conducted; Odds Ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals were calculated.

Results: Per unit increase in the total composite social support scale, there was a 6% increased odds of smoking during pregnancy. There was a statistically significant interaction between race and social support. While the tangible support ((OR=1.15; 95% CI: 1.03, 1.27) and appraisal (OR=1.17; 95% CI: 1.05, 1.31) domains were significantly associated with smoking among African American women, only the belonging support domain was significantly associated with smoking during pregnancy among Caucasian women (OR=1.20; 95% CI: 1.02, 1.40).

Conclusions: This study provided evidence that racial differences may exist in the way social support influences smoking during pregnancy. Future studies are needed to understand these racial differences and assist in the design of interventions. Considering the importance of social support, strategies for smoking cessation intervention should consider racial difference.


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