ERIC Number: ED305535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Child Gender and Mothers' Adjustment in Clinic and Nonclinic Single-Parent Families.
Phelps, Randy E.
While a number of factors influencing the adjustment of family members following divorce have been studied, the relationship of the child's gender to the custodial mother's adjustment has not received much systematic attention. This study examined the relationship between gender of the eldest child and self-reported psychopathology of the custodial mother in a sample of 90 divorced or separated families. Groups included 38 families referred for outpatient treatment of a child between the ages of 6 and 10 and a comparison group of 52 well-functioning families screened for the absence of child psychopathology. The results indicated that, compared to the mothers in the well-functioning families, mothers of clinic children evidenced significantly greater global psychological distress and symptomatology as well as greater depression and anxiety. Contrary to expectation, mothers of boys had no more adjustment difficulties as a whole than did mothers of girls. However, mothers of clinic-referred girls evidenced greater severity of symptoms than did mothers of clinic-referred boys and mothers of nonclinic children. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (96th, Atlanta, GA, August 12-16, 1988).