ERIC Number: ED166604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug-28
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Stress on Mothers and Their Children.
Belle, Deborah; And Others
Stress appears to jeopardize mental health and maternal behavior and indirectly to jeopardize the mother-child relationship by increasing the risk of maternal depression. An intensive study investigated the stresses experienced by low-income mothers. While both life event and life condition stress were strongly associated with depression, life condition stress scores were more highly correlated with depressive symptom scores. These scores were associated with low proportion of nurturant behaviors by mothers, high proportions of prosocial bids by mothers and low rates of compliance to children's dependent bids. Maternal depressive symptom scores, but not stress scores, were associated with children's reports of unhappiness at home. (BN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Div. of Mental Health Services Program.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 1978)