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ERIC Number: EJ784282
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-0036-0112
Stress, Social Resources, and Depression among Never-Married and Divorced Rural Mothers
Turner, Heather A.
Rural Sociology, v71 n3 p479-504 Sep 2006
While the impact of single parenting on women and children has long been a concern, very little research has focused on single parents living in rural areas. Based on a probability sample of 508 single mothers aged 18-39 living in rural Northern New England, the present study: (1) examines the impact of several domains of stress on mothers' depression, (2) considers potential buffering effects of social resources, and (3) identifies variations in conditions and outcomes for divorced and never-married mothers. Findings highlight the importance of multiple forms of stress exposure, showing independent significant effects of lifetime adversity, recent life events, and chronic stressors on current depressive symptoms. Although emotional support reduces depression, neither support nor living arrangements moderate the impact of recent and current stressors. Divorced women experience more stress exposure, greater vulnerability to stress, and do not benefit from family support to the same extent as never-married mothers. Possible differences in the meanings that divorced and never-married mothers attach to current life circumstances are discussed. (Contains 4 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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