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ERIC Number: ED379559
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
Pages: 35
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Latina Mothers and Their Toddlers' Behavioral Difficulties.
LaRoche, Martin J.; And Others
In the United States, depression rates of 12-20 percent have been reported in toddlers' mothers. Depressed mothers provide their children with less appropriate structure, guidance, and rule enforcement than non-depressed mothers. This research explored the relationships among the following variables: toddlers' behavioral difficulties, mothers' depression, mothers' self-efficacy, and mothers' social support. Fifty-two subjects (26 Latina mothers and their toddlers) were assessed two times, 3 months apart. The results of the first assessment were used as independent variables, while the results on the second assessment were used as the dependent variables (a longitudinal panel-analysis model was used). Twelve hypotheses were tested through 4 regression equations. These 12 hypotheses included all the possible relationships among the variables. Results showed that the mothers' social supports predicted their depression level. Conversely, depression did not predict the mothers' social support. The findings emphasize that a mother's social environment is a powerful variable influencing the well being of mothers and toddlers. The social context in which Latina mothers find themselves plays an important role in both their well-being and in the behavior of their toddlers. Contains 40 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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