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ERIC Number: ED525144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar-17
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Parenting and Child Health: A Study of Low-Income Hispanic and African American Families
Nievar, M. Angela; Ramisetty-Mikler, Suhasini
Online Submission, Paper presented at the International Conference on Parent Education and Parenting (Denton, TX, Mar 17, 2011)
Children in low-income and ethnic minority families are more likely to be in poor health, which may impact physical and economic well-being in adulthood. This study explored how maternal depression and parenting efficacy were associated with child health outcomes in a sample of minority low-income families (N = 311). Results demonstrate that mothers with higher parenting efficacy and fewer depressive symptoms are more likely to have healthy children. Low-income families and minority families whose mothers participated in the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program were more likely to rate their child's health positively than similar families who lived in areas where the HIPPY program was not available, even when controlling for other predictors. Parental efficacy predicted optimal child health status beyond the presence of a chronic health condition for their young child. Parent characteristics may be opportune targets for addressing child health disparities, and future research should focus on understanding and identifying parent behaviors associated with child health. (Contains 2 tables.) [This research was funded by a UNT-UNTHSC Collaborative Grant.]
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A