ERIC Number: ED340507
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Intergenerational Correlates of Daily Coping Behavior in Single-Parent Mothers of Young Children.
Banyard, Victoria L.; Olson, Sheryl L.
This study examined the relationship between mothers' recollections of those who cared for them during their childhood and mothers' ability to cope with the daily stress of being a single parent living in poverty. Subjects were 52 low-income, single mothers of preschool-age children. Mothers' recollections of caregiving were assessed by means of a structured interview. Mothers' perceptions of their ability to cope successfully with the stress of childrearing was assessed by means of rating scales and a daily diary, which the mothers kept for 2 weeks after the interview. Mothers' perceptions of their ability to cope was significantly related to their recollections of the quality of their relationships with their parents during their own childhood. Mothers who described maltreatment by their caregivers and mothers who experienced high rates of other negative childhood stressors tended to report more unsuccessful attempts to cope with child stress and espoused less confidence in their parenting abilities than did other mothers. Appended are four references and related materials. (Author/GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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