Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"Mommy blogging" associated with maternal well-being and reduced stress

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Brandon McDaniel, a BYU psychology major who is now working on his master’s and doctorate degrees in human development and family studies at Penn State, surveyed 157 new mothers. Of those, 111 read blogs at least sometimes, and 96 of them started their own blogs about their experiences as a parent. For the study, he asked them questions about depressive symptoms, the quality of their marriages and their level of parenting stress.

“The more they blogged, the better they felt,” he said. “I can’t say it’s causal in nature — there needs to be more research... but right now, the research suggests that the more they blog, the more it turns into feelings of greater social connection.”

Full article available here: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/53264120-78/blogging-social-com-mothers.html.csp?page=1