Introduction: This study investigated the influence maternal social capital has on the health and wellbeing of mothers of under-five children in a semi-urban local government area in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study that utilised a three stage sampling technique was adopted to select 385 respondents from 4 primary health care centres in Ibadan, Nigeria. Data collection was done using a semi-structured questionnaire to assess mothers’ social capital, wellbeing and body Mass Index (BMI). Data analysis was done using descriptive and inferential statistics at the significant level of P < 0.05.
Results: Benefits derived from participating in social groups such as: useful health information (p=0.005), child care support (p=0.003) were significantly associated with wellbeing and health status. A linear regression analysis showed an inverse relationship between getting useful health information as benefit derived from participating in networks and wellbeing (OR: -2.139, C.I.: -0.299 - -0.013) and a direct relationship between developing friendship and a sense of belonging and wellbeing (OR: 2.204; C.I.: 0.015 – 0.260).
Conclusions: Mothers should be encouraged to engage in networks that are of healthful benefits to ensure effective knowledge sharing in sustaining promotion of health and wellbeing among mothers of under-five children.
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